It seems the road to Damascus starts at the ministerial wing and winds via the backbench. Whether it be Barnaby Joyce's admission of "we wuz wrong" on the banking royal commission or Sussan Ley on the live animal export industry, it's been a week where ex-ministers free of the shackles of Cabinet solidarity can say what they really think.
Ley's plan for a private members bill to ban the live trade is unlikely to ever reach the floor of Parliament for a vote, but it is a noteworthy intervention given she represents a rural seat and has a farming background. The former health minister is speaking for many of her colleagues who are disgusted over the latest sheep ship of shame and demanding action.
Full article at the Financial Times.