Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

The Twitter effect

It’s depressingly common to hear about the diminished power of the media -- at least, according to the... um... media -- but evidently some people are still rightfully fearful of it. 

For example: the website of investigative journalist Michael West has been busily running a series called "QED: The Case for a Federal ICAC" which has been shining a light on some of the more questionable acts by our federal politicians. 

One archival story which was given a push on the socials was about Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert and the curious story of Robert International, a private investment company which benefited from millions in government contracts, and whose directors were Roberts’ parents. That last bit was, it turned out, exciting news to Roberts Sr.