October 8, 2013
The Coalition are moral hypocrites. They have campaigned on the line that they want to control government expenditure'' and at the same time they've been wasting taxpayers' money on their personal lives.
They also politically destroyed Peter Slipper over his abuse of expense claims with respect to taxis whilst they've been doing the same;--in this case using taxpayers money to go to weddings. Their defence for being discovered with their snouts in the public trough is that weddings are work (official business in the form of networking), or when that didn't wash, that people make mistakes, or that it is a lapse in judgement.
The defensive spin doesn't wash, especially when the wedding is that of a shock jock, or a colleague. The perception is one of Coalition MP's rorting the expense system for their own benefit. Joyce tried to cover it by saying that his one day Malaysian stop-over was a "study tour".
Paying the expenses back when found out is clearly insufficient. The entitlement rules need to be tightened up and penalties applied to cynical wrong doing in order to curb the self-interest that takes the form of greed.