Comparative Guilt Won't Wash in Poll

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Comparative Guilt Won't Wash in Poll


COMPARATIVE guilt, the concept that one's own sins can be somehow lessened because the deeds of others are worse, is being fully tested in this election campaign.

Peter Slipper on the hustings compares the three cab charge offences for which he will face court later this year, with the dollar value of Tony Abbott's own sins as if that is somehow a mitigating factor.

Tony Abbott ignores the Australian public's right to know and instead continues to withhold the audited detail of his election promises on the basis of the example of some past Labor behaviour.

In Fisher, Mal Brough denies any involvement in Ashbygate despite having his finger prints all over the crime scene, but then says he'd do it all again tomorrow because, anything's justified in getting rid of Slipper.

Mr Slipper's plea for comparative context and his claim that the size of the indiscretion -- or mistake as he would have it -- didn't justify the cost of his prosecution, is an interesting argument for a trained lawyer to put forward.

I wouldn't suggest it's an approach that someone caught shoplifting at the Plaza or pocketing a social security over-payment should pin their hopes on.

Mal Brough chooses to ignore the findings of Justice Steven Rares that he had acted in combination with James Ashby and Karen Doane to damage Mr Slipper and advance his own political career and that of his party. …

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