There appears to be a lot of misplaced sympathy in Australia for Pauline Hanson over her three year jail term for electoral fraud.
I think the term is highly appropriate, not so much for what effectively was the theft of $500,000, but because the fraud basically led to a diferent electoral result than would otherwise have been the case. This is a more subtle form of stealing or rigging an election, and in a democracy such behaviour has to be met with a very stiff deterent.
Let’s face it, I doubt any politican after this is now going to lie over their membership numbers in order to get funding.
Now if only it was a criminal act to pass a special law to re-elect one of your mates who has lost his seat!