Where is the Labor senator from Western Australia who quit less than halfway through his term because the party was keen on removing discrimination? Joe Bullock, a lifetime Labor man, quit from the in March because he was “shocked, alone, and in deep despond” because at national conference last year, the party voted to bind its elected politicians from 2019 to vote in favour of marriage equality.
It is no surprise, then, that he has found an adoring crowd in the Australian Christian Lobby, speaking at the group’s events this week. ACL managing director Lyle Shelton tweeted that Bullock was “the best of Labor”.
Bullock, who never achieved much of note in his short time in Parliament, will be quickly forgotten as the woman he replaced — Louise Pratt — returns to Parliament, and the man who replaced him — Pat Dodson — gets down to business.