HAVING a government minister remain in his/her position while being investigated by the Federal Police is certainly not a good idea by most people's measures.
Given that Australia has criticised other countries for doing this, shouldn't we then look into our own backyard?
As a consequence, this is why I firmly believe special Minister of State Mal Brough needs to stand aside voluntarily, or be forced to by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull until found guilty or innocent.
All the more-so because of the special Minister of State's singular role concerns the protection and maintenance of parliamentary "integrity".
The 60 Minutes transcript of Brough being asked a question regarding the Ashby/Slipper affair, to which he answered "yes" then another one, asking the exact same question, in Parliament, to which he answered "no" casts considerable doubt as to Brough's "integrity".
As far as I'm concerned Brough's performance in Parliament last week put paid to any reputation he may have enjoyed in the past.
I believe that tolerating a minister who makes a public admission and then recants it in Parliament is dragging down the credibility of the Turnbull-led government.
Whether or not if he's been (as suggested) backed into a corner on his "captain's pick" by promoting/rewarding Brough to the ministry, Malcolm Turnbull needs to move on this fast or he will be in the same slow boat that Tony Abbott got into with Bronwyn Bishop.
Abbott's tolerance of Bishop's stupidity in the "choppergate affair" is an example of what will also detract from Turnbull's perceived capacity if he puts up with this situation any longer.
Brough should go and the sooner the better.
This matter is not going to go away and dragging it out won't change the outcome.
Why is it that certain MPs, particularly ministers, seem to think that their careers are more important than their party or the government is beyond me?