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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Bronny: Worse than getting your wisdom teeth out …

*Pic: PM Abbott greets Bronny …

A Statement on Bronwyn Bishop’s resignation as Speaker

Thank God for that. Watching this saga unfold was worse than getting your wisdom teeth out.

Bronwyn Bishop’s resignation is overdue and must not be the end of action taken against her in particular.

The Member for Mackellar’s misuse of entitlements is of remarkable proportions and must be investigated by the Australian Federal Police to find out if criminal fraud has occurred.

But the Prime Minister is wrong to suggest that this comes down to the gap between current entitlements and community expectations.

The fact is that the current entitlements rules do not allow a Member or Senator to go somewhere principally for private reasons and then to certify it as an official trip.

To do so is fraud.

I do welcome a root and branch review of entitlements.

But it must, however, be a robust review and one that stamps out, among other things, practices like Members of Parliament tripping around Australia for all sorts of private reasons under cover of a short meeting with a colleague or journalist etc.

• Use the TT NEWS Dropdown Menu (top nav bar) for breaking news/comment from the range of MSM sources …

• Brian Kahn in Comments: Phillip Corey and Primrose Riordan list a summary of Bronwyn Bishop’s expenditure on entitlements { $ } November 2013 –present $846,299.27 In comparison to other speakers namely … Anna Burke,October 2012 – August 2013, $29,442.00, Peter Slipper, November 2011-October 2012, $48,492.00 …

• phill Parsons in Comments: B. Bishop is getting off lightly when compared to the treatment of Slipper over his cab charges. They were found not to be fraudulent because Parliamentary Business was not defined. $3.5million was spent proving nothing when Slipper could have been forced to pay the money back. There is little doubt that the campaign against Slipper was planned and orchestrated by Lieberals, with Pyne and Brough noted for their meetings with Ashby. Wilkie has generated a definition that should be written into the root and branch review if it ever concludes and changes made. What I cannot understand is why there is not a Federal ICAC.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. William Boeder

    August 3, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    The Abbott Liberal government do not represent the people of Australia, their agenda is to govern toward the best interests of their corporate donors.
    Right up there at the top of this list of these avaricious Cane-toads are those mentioned below are all preying money shufflers grouped together under the umbrella as participants in Australia’s financial sector.
    This group includes our gluttonous banks, our money-up-front insurance potentates, the insolvency vultures, not to ignore the credit card usuries, medical insurance pirates, the ASX insiders, each these financial sector sluggards support themselves by way of their excessive imposts upon their selected portion of Australia’s population.

    Each of these aforementioned mentioned money graspers love Tony Abbott and his greed-scrabbling ministers, all of ’em happy to pay their homage to the Abbott party’s slush-fund account with a sly intent to purchase government favour.

    The mind-set and mantra of the Liberal movement, (bowel movement?) should disqualify their electability as a contender for government leadership of our Australia.
    Any political party that supports an Eric Abetz must be seen for their evil intended plotting’s and treacherous purposes that has become the ignoble stamp of the Abbott Liberal government.

  2. John Hawkins

    August 3, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    There is no Federal ICAC as a lot of Pollies live tarnished lives.

    Abetz and illegally sitting in parliament as a dual national all those years in full knowledge of his wrongdoing immediately springs to mind.

    Is Abbott in the same boat?

    The Bronny trifecta would be delicious and most uplifting win for the true believers.

  3. phill Parsons

    August 3, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    B. Bishop is getting off lightly when compared to the treatment of Slipper over his cab charges.

    They were found not to be fraudulent because Parliamentary Business was not defined.

    $3.5million was spent proving nothing when Slipper could have been forced to pay the money back.

    There is little doubt that the campaign against Slipper was planned and orchestrated by Lieberals, with Pyne and Brough noted for their meetings with Ashby.

    Wilkie has generated a definition that should be written into the root and branch review if it ever concludes and changes made.

    What I cannot understand is why there is not a Federal ICAC.

  4. Dr.John R.Wilson

    August 2, 2015 at 1:27 am

    The saga may have been like “getting your wisdom teeth out”, Andrew, but the end result is quite satisfying. Cheers …

  5. William Boeder

    August 1, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    #2 Stephan, my answer to your question is for the people to ramp up their anger toward the ministers that look down upon the voting public as being little more than sheep, while scamming and rorting for all that they can get away with.
    The news is now out that Bronwyn Bishop has resigned, now is the time to go for that Abbott clown that was her major supporting ally.

  6. Stephan

    August 1, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Ahhhh, yes.

    The age of “entitlement” is over?

    What now for the trough and the ones who keep it close to empty?

  7. Brian Kahn

    August 1, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Sir
    In response to Peter Doddy,s letter the 30th July and the article of the same date in the Financial Review gives a comparison by noted political journalists

    Phillip Corey and Primrose Riordan they list a summary of Bronwyn Bishops expenditure on entitlements { $ } November 2013 –present 846,299.27

    In comparison to other speakers namely.

    Anna Burke October 2012 – August 2013 29,442.00

    Peter Slipper November 2011-October 2012 48,492.00

    Harry Jenkins February 2008—November 2011 670,081.74 average over 3 years.

    Many of us can recall how Paul Keating decimated the “ Fringe Benefits “ tax, and its detrimental effect on businesses, and its ongoing loss of turnover for restaurants and clubs the subsequent loss of employment in the catering industry., however it appears politicians are a protected species ? and still have the advantages , that taxpaying businesses once had with the :Fringe Benefits tax :

    With Bill Shorten and Kate Ellis for Labor calling for Bronwyn Bishops resignation as speaker , their statements would have more creditability if high flying Launceston to Hobart Senator Helen Polley was made an example of by the Labor Party ,Senator Polley should be relegated to number four on the Senate ticket for the 2016 election and Senator Lisa Singh elevated to number two.
    As reported by Senator Singh she would not take a flight from Hobart to Launceston to transact parliamentary business , it is little wonder that Bass has only one state and federal Labor politician

    Labor party research i am told is revealing died in the wood Labor supporters are turning to Jacqui Lambie.

    Surely the “National Executive of the Labor Party would not want this to occur , and mindful of the existing poor representation in the states second major city.

    Brian P.Khan Bridport

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