Clive Palmer (Image: AAP/Dan Peled)

Going down in history We've talked a bit recently about Christian Porter's gilded path to federal attorney-general, but one area that often gets overlooked is the brief time he spent as "future premier of Western Australia" before he was "future prime minister".

Porter was elected to state parliament and immediately appointed attorney-general in the aftermath of former Liberal Party leader Troy Buswell’s first tranche of scandals.

(For those who've forgotten, back in 2008 the WA Liberals got their first indication that Buswell might not be leadership material when it emerged he had picked up a chair a staffer had recently sat in and sniffed it.)