October 18, 2012 Josh Gordon State political editor for The Age.
....By most standards, Shaw, who presents himself as a Christian conservative, acted disgracefully. His default position was to rort the system for his own private gain at the expense of taxpayers.
It is a pity if Baillieu thinks an individual can rip people off and be a ''good local member'' at the same time. Shaw was elected to make laws on behalf of the people of Victoria. Yet through his actions he has demonstrated he is not a fit and proper person to perform this function.
A good politician should do what is morally right rather than what is politically expedient. If integrity means anything to Baillieu, he not only ''should'' stand Shaw aside from the Liberal Party while investigations take place, he ''must''.