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There was also the time Michaelia Cash’s department (not her office, and there is a BIG difference) cut out questions from Paul Karp from one of Cash’s doorstops. The department at the time said it removed things which are not part of the minister’s portfolio. Cash’s office blamed an “overzealous” departmental staffer. From the story published earlier this year:

Media coverage of the embattled employment minister, Michaelia Cash, hasn’t been as bad as last week, but all things are relative. Earlier this week her department released a transcript of a “doorstop” interview – a huddle with reporters.

The Q&A had been redacted to remove questions and answers – including several on the raid on the Australian Workers’ Union – which the department said didn’t relate to the senator’s portfolio of jobs and innovation. Strange, because those questions are evidently official business. Leigh Sales, presenter of 7.30, said the questions had been “censored”.

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Jane Hume, who said on the Bad Show on Monday that women and people of colour should just work harder to get into parliament, is on Sky, says preselection challenges is “not a gendered issue”.

Jane Prentice’s dumping from as candidate for her seat of Ryan, despite being an assistant member, and being replaced with a man, has set off another round of debate about what the Liberal party is doing about getting women into the party.

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