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The Books Politicians Have Bought This Year Which Are Raising A Few Eyebrows

Yes, Brandis has been reading up on Tony Abbott's demise.

02/12/2016 3:34 PM AEDT | Updated 02/12/2016 6:41 PM AEDT
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Sorry Abbott.

Every year when summer rolls around, Parliamentary sitting weeks end and the pollies leave Canberra. But before they are homebound, the Parliamentarians' Expenditure reports are released and Attorney-General George Brandis is busted buying books about the demise of his former leader, Tony Abbott.

Okay, maybe that last part doesn't happen every year. But it happened this year.

And Brandis isn't the only politician to have a reading list raising a few eyebrows this week so let's take a look at the rest of them.

Attorney-General George Brandis

Firstly, Brandis. The Attorney-General has used his parliamentary expenses to buy a few books this year to catch up on what he missed of the Abbott-led government. Purchased titles which focus on the demise of his former leader include The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government, The Short and Excruciatingly Embarrassing Reign of Captain Abbott and Credlin & Co: How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself.

The funny thing is, when you become a minister, there's no guide.James McGrath

Senator Barry O'Sullivan

Queensland Senator Barry O'Sullivan purchased a pro-abortion book called A Defence of Abortion and four pro-life books including Causing Death and Saving Lives and The Ethics of Abortion: Women's Rights, Human Life and the Question of Justice.

After his reading list was revealed, O'Sullivan defended his purchases in a Facebook post.

"I was elected to parliament as a staunch conservative and I make no apologies for that," O'Sullivan wrote on Friday afternoon.

Coalition MP George Christensen

The Queensland MP has purchased a number of books focusing of the threat of radicalised Islam which include No, We Can't: Radical Islam, The Islamist Phoenix, Militant Secularism, While Europe Slept: How Racial Islam is Destroying the West from Within and The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror.

And he also purchased $5127 worth of Australian flags.

Assistant to the Prime Minister James McGrath

James McGrath became Assistant to the Prime Minister last year and since then he's been busy purchasing Learning To Be a Minister and How To Be A Minister: A 21st-Century Guide. McGrath isn't shying away from the titles though.

"The funny thing is, when you become a minister, there's no guide," McGrath told the ABC.

"I don't know what I don't know, I think it's the smart thing to do, don't you?"

Well, you have to give it to him.

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