Martin Parkinson went soft on Pyne and Bishop

Martin Parkinson, the Secretary of PMC, should have had the testicular fortitude to call out Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop for their blatant disregard of the ministerial code of conduct.

Pyne’s is the worst case.

It was clear in the original statement why EY was employing him:

EY at first described Mr Pyne’s role in the context of “ramping up its defence capability”, but later clarified that Mr Pyne would only deal with the “private sector side of the business”.

“He will not be lobbying or meeting with public sector MPs, public service or defence force in his EY role. He is supporting the private sector side of the business,” the EY spokeswoman said.

Yesterday, Pyne and Bishop got a free pass from Parkinson:

Dr Parkinson’s report on Mr Pyne and Ms Bishop found they didn’t breach ministerial standards, but also told Prime Minister Scott Morrison there was no action that could be taken against former ministers either way.

“A distinction should be drawn between experience a person gains through being a minister and specific knowledge they acquire through performing the role. It is the latter that is pertinent to the standards,” Dr Parkinson said.

Thankfully the senate will not investigate. They can prove they are good for something after all.

Journalists have no right to break the law

For some reason, journalists can’t seem to get his fact through their head: they aren’t special. Laws do apply to them. Even if they’re French.

Men in women’s sport

The Guardian discovers that men are better than women at sport:

… when it comes to the science, a new academic paper in the BMJ Journal of Ethics argues that elite transgender women do maintain an advantage when they transition – and that the current International Olympic Committee policies create what they call an “intolerable unfairness”, because testosterone has much more of an advantage on nearly every sport as opposed to say, being tall, having a large wingspan, or coming from a richer country, which the scientists say is more of a “tolerable unfairness” as it only provides a benefit in some sports.

And by pure coincidence, the issue rears its head (and balls) on Twitter. Read this exchange. It’s spectacular.