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Tony Abbott, 2012: The Speaker is the guardian of parliamentary standards …



Tony Abbott Doorstop: Peter Slipper MP


The Speaker is the guardian of parliamentary standards. The Speakership is one of the most important offices in the Parliament. The Speaker is there to uphold the integrity of the Parliament and now we have very, very serious allegations against the incumbent Speaker, allegations of sexual harassment and allegations of potentially criminal misuse of entitlements. These are very serious allegations indeed. Yes, the Speaker is entitled to the presumption of innocence but he does have quite a lot of explaining to do.

It’s also very important that the Prime Minister act to ensure the integrity of the Parliament. The Speaker is only in that office because the Prime Minister used her numbers late last year to install him. The Prime Minister, to uphold the integrity of the Parliament, needs now to require the Speaker to step down until these matters are resolved. It’s also incumbent upon the Australian Federal Police to swiftly investigate the potentially criminal allegations that have been made against the Speaker.

I can’t underestimate the seriousness of this. The Speaker is required to maintain parliamentary standards and yet there are now these extremely serious allegations against the Speaker himself. So in order to maintain the respect and the reputation of the Parliament, in order to preserve the integrity of the Government and our institutions, it is very important that the Prime Minister act swiftly to require the Speaker to step aside and it’s very important that the Australian Federal Police quickly investigate these matters so that they can be resolved as soon as is humanly possible.

So these aren’t the first allegations against him. Should this have been dealt with a long time ago?

Well these are matters that have been referred to a court. These are matters where legal documents have been lodged. These are matters that are now to be the subject of proceedings in court, so these are of a vastly more serious and substantial nature than anything that has been alleged against Mr Slipper in the past.

After everything that’s been going on with Craig Thomson, I suppose the question is, you know, where to from here? Does she need to make a stand now?

Well this does go to the integrity not just of the Parliament but of the Prime Minister and of the Government. The Prime Minister cannot wash her hands of this business the way she has tried to wash her hands of the allegations concerning Mr Thomson because Mr Slipper is no mere backbencher. Mr Slipper is the Speaker of the Parliament. Mr Slipper occupies a very, very important office. He is the guardian of the standards of the Parliament, the protector of the reputation of the Parliament and now there are these extremely serious allegations against him and that’s why the only proper way forward is for the Speaker to step aside while these allegations are being dealt with. If he doesn’t do so voluntarily, the Prime Minister should indicate that she will require him to step aside until these matters are resolved.

Do you have any thoughts on who should take his place while the investigation is ongoing?

Well, as a matter of ordinary parliamentary procedure, if the Speaker is unable to take the chair, the senior Deputy Speaker automatically would take the chair.


From Tony’s own archive … Read more here

Guardian: Bronwyn Bishop expenses row: historic claims reveal another 15 trips With the Speaker under increasing pressure to stand aside, further claims reveal that as a committee chair she claimed travel benefits even when the committee was not conducting hearings

• mr t in Comments: I realise our PM is assiduously avoiding the media in this week where a true leader would stand tall but refreshing to know a relevant media statement can be drawn from 2012. It must be another cost saving measure by the PM and his office.

Sunshine Coast Daily, 13th Aug 2006 8:00 AM: Politicians gather for Slipper wedding … A WHOS who of politicians attended Member for Fisher Peter Slippers wedding to his girlfriend of three years, Buderims Inge-Jane Hall in Brisbane yesterday. More than 200 guests, including federal treasurer Peter Costello, MP Bronwyn Bishop, MP Kevin Rudd and local councillor and liberal state candidate for Kawana Steve Dickson, attended the traditional Anglican wedding at All Saints Anglican Church. …

Laurie Oakes, Daily Telegraph: House must be in order

Andrew Wilkie: A statement on Bronwyn Bishop’s latest travel outrages The latest revelations about Bronwyn Bishop going to Nowra and Young are surely the final straw. Tripping all over Australia for political fundraisers and who knows what else at taxpayers’ expense is patently wrong. The Member for Mackellar is undoubtedly a serial abuser of parliamentary travel arrangements and entirely unfit to be the Speaker of the House of Representatives. She must step down immediately from the position and repay every cent. Just as quickly the investigation into Bronwyn Bishop’s travel claims must be taken up by the Australian Federal Police.

Alan Ramsey, SMH: In a week when Parliament’s Bronwyn Bishop is the only political idiocy going on in national political life, or so it seems, to re-visit “the Tony Joyce Incident” and its political bastardries all those years ago is more than worthwhile.

Mark in TT Satire here

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  1. Lynne Newington

    August 3, 2015 at 12:37 am

    #21 Airforce One carrying the President of Australia……he wishes.
    Little men with big ideas.

  2. Claire Gilmour

    August 2, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    #21 Brilliant link! For some reason you can’t facebook that link from the Herald …

    One could say though … Tony Abbott should be the next in line to resign or be sacked!!!

  3. Lynne Newington

    August 2, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    #8 Sophie Mirabella is making her comeback to ease Abbott’s pain.

    After the episode on the platform with Abbott and co. with Ju-liar Bob Browns Bitch banner it’s a wonder she can show her face.

    As mother of two daughters whose time will come as an adults, a fine example she has set for them and hopefully not for any aspiring female politician believing anything goes for members of Australian Federal Parliament and Government.

  4. Andrew Ricketts

    August 1, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Amid the reasonable calls for Speaker Bishop to go her recalcitrance is most arrogant and objectionable.

  5. Lynne Newington

    July 31, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    What upsets me is our war torn veterans who went to war at the whim of another country having to fight for any extra financial needs, many no doubt don’t even own their own homes.
    My experience is of the Vietnam era, but applies to all.

  6. Russell

    July 31, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    The Speaker is out of order and an illegal drain on tax-payer money.

    The Federal Police should be investigating every single politician for fraud and abuse of tax-payer funds.

  7. William Boeder

    July 31, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    The amount of parliamentary time that is consumed by the Liberal’s party incumbents to weasel out from under the many claims of self interest, rorting, excessive use of taxpayer funds, then whatever other unchecked expenditures there may be yet to hit the headlines, only then will the people see true picture emerge of the unsuitability of this Liberal party to represent the people of Australia.

    Of that remaining time much energy is given to allow Australia’s Banks to continue their unconscionable nibbling into their account-holder monies held therein.

    One of Australia’s best performers in identifying the increasing white-collar-crime throughout Australia’s Banking and Finance sectors, is Senator John Williams, a member of the Nationals party.
    Then we note that the Liberals have a Senator appointed blustering blowhard in what seems to be an assassin’s role to over-ride then slaughter the good work carried out by Senator Williams and his like-minded colleagues, in the form of Senator Mathias Cormann.

    Having said this, we then note that the Financial ministership role held by Senator Mathias Cormann is ever busy defending the Banking big-boys and major financial operatives such as the dodgy Insolvency industry, (note that Gunns Ltd is still in its receivership doldrums thus able to have Korda Mentha and an associate of theirs, PPB Advisory, still rocketing their invoices for payment in order to crank out the very last coin from the Gunns Ltd Insolvency bonanza awarded to Korda Mentha at the very beginning.)
    I have provided a link here that further illustrates the wiles and guiles found alive in the Insolvency industry.
    This link says it all.

    This is an industry that Abbott has chosen Senator ‘girly-man’ Mathias Cormann to protect from all and any public observation.

  8. Stan

    July 31, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I’m seeking expressions of interest for a tour to the Nations capital, will be arriving on the first day of the August parliamentary sitting.

    Mode of transport will be democratically voted upon of course, but, I was thinking about supporting our own Spirit of Tasmania, a lovely cruise to the mainland, would only enhance the anticipation of getting to the final destination.

    After disembarking one of our flagships, I propose hiring campervans, to take a leisurely jaunt up the old Princess Highway,stopping into Lakes Entrance and maybe Merimbula and then onwards over the hills to Canberra. This will also give us the opportunity to bemoan or praise the conditions of other States highway conditions,as compared to ours.

    Bring your crib board and backgammon set and be assured that I’m a dab hand at reading counter lunch menus, so catering wont be an issue.

    Upon arrival in Canberra, the thought was to rock up to Joe’s place and park aforementioned campervans in his driveway, as, after all, we are paying the mortgage on the property and he doesnt have a car in Canberra due to the chauffer driven conveyances he utilises at our expense.

    Persons with experience in bio digesters would be welcome as I envisage that besides the motion of no confidence in our illustrious Speaker that will be put to the floor of Parliament, there will be the opportunity for us to apply for a Grant to install a bio digester. We can then recycle lots of other motions on the floor from the splatterings that have recently hit the fan, and produce a bio gas that could be used to heat the Parliamentary pool. A win -win situation as I’m convinced that Senator Di Natale will give us lunch vouchers for our efforts for being sensible with the Grant and trying to enhance the saving of our planet.

    Returning travel arrangements can be discussed over a convivial glass, either before or during the trip.

    I look forward to your thoughts and confirmation of numbers on this Experience of a Lifetime Tour to our Federal Parliament.

  9. Luigi Brown

    July 31, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Bronwyn cannot possibly have claimed that her trips were related to Committee business unless that were true. Suggestions that she would do so are tantamount to accusations of fraud against the Commonwealth. This needs to be properly investigated.

  10. phill Parsons

    July 31, 2015 at 11:11 am

    #6.You can resign or be found guilty of a crime with a sentence or fail to follow the Constitutional requirements [hold dual citizenship]. Otherwise only the voters can sack you by electing someone else.

  11. john hayward

    July 31, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Australia may wooden spooners in terms of our governance performance, but Team Tony is a cinch for gold in the hypocrisy event. We don’t have to settle for mediocrity in that one.

    John Hayward

  12. Claire Gilmour

    July 31, 2015 at 1:53 am

    A & B … suggestive perhaps of a dog and his bitch in parliament … !?

    The speaker shouldn’t be party politically
    aligned, they should be independent!

  13. mr t

    July 31, 2015 at 1:39 am

    #10 John, in the real world Bronwyn would have been busted and charged 10 to 15 years ago saving taxpayers money and heartache.

  14. John Hawkins

    July 30, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    In the real world outside politics Bishop would have been found out after having charged an expense to the company in a fraudulent manner.

    For this she would have been reported to the police and sacked.

    Agreeing to pay back the money merely confirms full knowledge of the felony and is a ploy usually made by those caught out to mitigate against a future sentence.

    Abbott is on dangerous ground in being seen to support such behaviour.

    Not a good captain,s call.

  15. Luigi Brown

    July 30, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    This story bubbled up on 14th July. In a world where “a week is a long time in politics”, this saga is agonisingly long and tedious.

    But Bronwyn cannot be sacked. What precedent would that set? This hog-swilling, taxpayer-subsidised travel lurk is too widespread to make an example of any one person.

    The real issue is that Bronwyn is hopeless as a Speaker. Sack her for her outrageous bias in that job and let everyone else get back to the travel trough, I think.

  16. Dr.John R.Wilson

    July 30, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Speak for yourself, Robin (#7 5.31).
    Abbott was at Sophie Mirrabella’s wedding too, and claimed travel expenses (which he later paid back).
    And in one-up on BB’s helicopter ride, Abbott flew by military jet to Darwin for a Liberal Party fund-raiser ( thenewdaily.com.au/news/2015/…/abbott-flies-army-jet-donor-birthday/ ).
    He’s just as entangled in this entitlements saga as she is …

  17. Robin Charles Halton

    July 30, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    We dont want to see Tony Abbott fall on his sword as leader over the taxpayer funded neglect by Bronwyn Bishop, do we!

    BB has to go; there are no two ways about it Mr Abbott.

    She should have known better.

  18. Simon Warriner

    July 30, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Isn’t BB’s job to represent her constituents? Wouldn’t behaving in a way which makes constituents annoyed, by rorting her expenses, be failing in her job?

    On the strength of that why are we talking about her only losing the speakers job?

    The greedy woman should be fired for failing to be a competent representative member of Parliament!

  19. TV Resident

    July 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    So there apparently is one set of rules for Tony Abbott’s gov’t and a completely different set for anyone else?? I believe that Bronwyn Bishop is not really sorry, she is just sorry that she got caught. I wonder how many more will be exposed for their blatant greed and the sooner the better. Talk about noses DEEPLY embedded in the publicly funded trough while the average citizen is being asked to carry more and more of the heavy load that the libs have created, they continue to bleed the country dry.

  20. mr t

    July 30, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I realise our PM is assiduously avoiding the media in this week where a true leader would stand tall but refreshing to know a relevant media statement can be drawn from 2012. It must be another cost saving measure by the PM and his office.

  21. Keith Antonysen

    July 30, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Shortly after the last election it was clear that rorting had been going on (Weddings etc etc); the matter was allowed to slip, and now it has come back to haunt the Liberals.
    It is very obvious that very clear definitions are required for the various entitlements provided. Independent auditing of claims is also an obvious need.

    Where political and personal travel are combined some kind of adjustment to what they claim needs to be developed.

  22. Dr.John R.Wilson

    July 30, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Maybe he’ll call an election …

  23. Pete Godfrey

    July 30, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Well what can one say, “hoised by his own petard” is the best term that comes to mind.

    Time to walk the talk Tony.

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