While our constitutional prohibition on MPs and senators from having a financial relationship with the Commonwealth has received much attention lately, it’s a good thing for one MP that there’s no constitutional problem with having a financial relationship with another government. Western Australian Liberal MP Rick Wilson has just updated his pecuniary interests entry and reveals he now has an investment property in Canberra. Half his luck — and even better, he has a good, safe tenant there, the Russian Embassy, although there would be the problem of all those other embassies, and our intelligence services, trying to plant bugs all over your rental property.

Peter Fray

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