Nationals Leader Michael McCormack and Senator Bridget McKenzie (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Yesterday Inq revealed gun sellers Beretta Australia had twice picked up the tab for Senator Bridget McKenzie's "recreation" trips, though the Senator failed to declare Beretta's generosity for years. So how did McKenzie continue to flourish? And what does it say about our system of government?

Exhibit B: it's what we do

Senator McKenzie is far from alone when it comes to being open and honest with the voting public about the generosity of special interest groups.

The most senior members of the National Party have displayed a loose understanding of what constitutes a bad look. As Inq reported last month, the current leader of the Nationals, Michael McCormack, donned the official tie of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and posed for photographs with its lobbyists at the organisation's annual parliamentary ball last year.