Whilst some criticised Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi when former Family First senate candidate and High Court appointed senator Lucy Gichuhi decided to not to join the Conservative Party after it amalgamated with Family First, Senator Bernardi said recent events demonstrate that he 'dodged a bullet' when the accidental senator declined to join his party.
Senator Gichuhi spent a while on the crossbench as an independent but then joined the Liberal Party.
The Kenyan-born South Australian Liberal senator been forced to repay $2,139 in travel expenses due to an 'administrative error' and insisted that $12,000 she spent on travel to Sydney for various functions over the past year was justified.
As a consequence, a Kenyan blog is headlined: "Senator Lucy Gichuhi Exported Corruption to Australia, Forced to Pay Back Ksh 200,000"
Senator Lucy Gichuhi attracted further strong criticism this week after revelations she told a Kenyan television program that her $200,000 senator’s salary is "not a lot of money" in Australia. The Twitter response was understandable:
Senator Bernardi has responded to a question from Paul Murray Live on Sky News, “on a range of stupid thing to say, where does that one rank?”
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