YES, Speaker Peter Slipper gained a brownie point or two by cutting off our PM's microphone when the lies ran out and bellicose obfuscation would not suffice.
But the man who is not safe in taxis remains a sleaze.
Watch the video at this link and observe how quickly Mr Speaker ends this press conference when the subject of his expenses is raised. Less than a second and he is gone, gone, gone.
After that, one of the Midnight Rambler's staffers flings the reporter's phone into the scrub.