Yesterday was the first day of “pollie school” for the incoming members of the House of Representatives, as they learned to watch their waistlines and call home often. Most new MPs and senators are yet to sit for their official photo, which will be used for as long as they are in Parliament. For some MPs that have been trekking to Canberra for many years, the photos give a good insight into what toll the job takes on one’s body and hairline (we wouldn’t dare to suggest who we mean, but you can check the list yourself). New senators are due to attend senator school next week, but one newbie already has her photo sorted. Pauline Hanson’s photo is a throwback to her first stint in parliament — the green background stands out among all the red:

pauline hanson senate

Peter Fray

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