Marise Payne bristles at expert's warning of alcohol, late hours risk to politicians

September 19 2022 - 7:30pm
Senator Marise Payne says MPs are 'focused on their jobs', taking issue at 'aspersions' about use of alcohol in Parliament House. Picture by Elesa Kurtz

The former minister for women in the previous Coalition government says the idea that parliamentarians could choose to finish at 5pm was a "rose-coloured glasses view" and bristled at "aspersions" about use of alcohol in Parliament House.

Harley Dennett

Senior Political Reporter

I'm the federal politics bureau chief for the Canberra Times, via a career that's taken me from rural Victoria to Washington DC. Telling the stories of my local LGBTI community brought me to political journalism, where I've covered seven federal budgets, four national elections in two countries, Defence, public service and international governance.

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