Weekend Washup: Which Liberal MP was out supporting striking workers?

Hastie on the hustings

It's not every day you see a Liberal MP on the back of a truck at a protest in support of striking unionists, by that happened on Friday when Canning MP Andrew Hastie spoke to Alcoa workers negotiating a new EBA.

But it's also not too much of a stretch to imagine the conservative politician has more in common with the AWU than might be first apparent.

Liberal MP Andrew Hastie addresses striking AWU workers in his electorate of Canning, south of Perth.

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"We've rushed to renewables, we've made power expensive, not just for industry but for working families and seniors and you guys have paid the price with people trying to negotiate down your pay and conditions," he said.

"That's why I objected to legislating Paris, because I think we should put Australian workers and families and seniors first, we shouldn't be second."

It might be an abject lesson in how dramatically the electorate is shifting.

Mr Hastie would know there's not too many votes in his regional electorate, which stretches from Byford to south of Mandurah, for progressive politics.

Irrespective of Mr Hastie's support, it doesn't look like the strike will end anytime soon, after workers knocked back Alcoa's latest EBA proposal.

Bishop on the back foot

This week Curtin MP Julie Bishop weighed into the debate about bullying in federal Parliament, saying she has witnessed behaviour in Canberra that would not be "tolerated in any other workplace across Australia".

While any kind of heavy handed workplace behaviour should of course be shunned, some inside the Liberal party must've been wondering who was best placed to do something about the kind of rough-handed conduct reported during the most recent leadership battle.

Ms Bishop described the "embarrassing circus" in federal politics to an Australian Women's Weekly magazine event in Sydney on Wednesday night, saying that, when politicians showed contempt for each other, they were "applauded".

Meanwhile, Fairfax Media revealed the Liberal MPs subject to accusations they had "bullied" retiring MP Julia Banks didn't even speak to her during the leadership crisis.

In some cases, the MPs had not spoken to her for weeks before the spill.

Meanwhile back at the ranch

WAtoday's newsroom, led by award-winning reporter Emma Young, has investigated the effect an extra 1.4 million people will have on our city.

The series follows the planning frameworks released as part of the Perth and Peel@3.5 million strategy.

Alarmingly, the investigation found 94 per cent of Perth councils failed to meet their infill residential development targets.

Find our reports here.

Tweet of the week

It was a long road for parents and friends of Moora Residential College in their battle to keep their college open in the face of state's government regional education cuts.

6PR's Jane Marwick, who has been at the forefront reporting the campaign, wins tweet of the week, after the federal government announced a cash injection which has killed plans to keep the college open.

Happy holidays, Jane!

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Email Nathan Hondros on nathan.hondros@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

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