CORRODED BY CYNICISM and poisoned by suspicion, Manager of Opposition Business Christopher Pyne is muttering about denying a parliamentary pair to poor Craig Thomson, whose absence on medical grounds from the House last week was initially attributed to appendicitis. When doctors found that not to be the case and sent him home from hospital, Pyne apparently began to suspect that Thomson might be making himself scarce in order to avoid being anywhere near questions about his own and his HSU mates’ abuse of union funds. Thomson remains ill, according to his party, and would prefer to spend another week in undisturbed privacy as teams of physicians continue their battle to diagnose the brothel creeper’s mysterious ailment. Now Pyne is talking of demanding a doctor’s note before extending the pair arrangement for another week.
How sad it has come to this. How terrible that trust is now such a rare commodity in our national assembly.