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Federal Election Campaign: Day 3

On Day 3 of the election campaign, the Prime Minister was introducing himself to anyone of vaguely SE Asian appearance with a "nǐ hǎo" only to do so to a woman who informs him that she's Korean. Once again, his exceptional skills in marketing are evident.

More importantly, it's the dumping season. The Tories have ditched three candidates already because two of them have dual citizenship issues and a third because they won't give up their job at Australia Post.

For their own part, Labor's star candidate Melissa Parke has withdrawn from the seat of Curtin apparently because she has made remarks that Israel engages in hafrada, I mean, apartheid, towards Palestinians.

Situation Theatre provides a nice summary.

The former UN lawyer has taken a consistent moral position on this issue for years. This is not something the Labor Party can afford.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has jumped on the fact that Labor’s candidate for the WA seat of Curtin, Melissa Parke, has stepped aside after reports she told a public meeting that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians was “worse than the South African system of apartheid”.

Ms Parke has 20 years’ experience in international relations and law including living and working in the Middle East.

Mr Morrison said “That kind of expertise on the issue you are talking about does not belong in Australian politics”.

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