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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.

RoweD3xpenses.jpg David Rowe

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.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:34 AM | | Comments (19)
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Coalition MPs were born to rule. Who are we to hold them accountable.

And how sickening was it seeing the smug, repulsive Peter Reith wheeled out to justify these rorts?

Abbott attended the wedding of his friend Sophie Mirabella. There is no ambiguity here – the claims were outside entitlement for purely private events, not events for ‘parliamentary, electorate, or official business’.

It's snouts in the trough alrigh.t

"The Coalition are moral hypocrites."

Coalition politicians are allowed to pay back inappropriate entitlements whilst Slipper faced court for his.

The Minchin Protocol, which allows politicians to repay wrongly claimed entitlements without further consequences applies to Abbott, Joyce Brandis etc but not to Slipper.

Slipper has a right to be aggrieved by the current state of affairs where politicians have billed the taxpayer for attendance at weddings, ironman events, cycling tours and various other ventures.

They were aware of the standards with respect to Member's Entitlements Guidelines that outline when an MP can use his or her travel allowance for government or political party functions.

With all the good things that the government are trying to achieve at present in trade it is a shame that the media and the Labor poo pooers are focusing in on this silly nonsense.
Sad that the media looks for "Bad news" every day and sadder that the detractors crave it.

Why should not the shit be thrown at Abbott now Shelly?

Abbott played the mean bastard from whom the Gillard government could expect no help at all.Why not play for short-term political gain --isn't that what Abbott did?

It's not surprising that people are more than will ing to return the negativity to Abbott in spades, and take great delight in making it very difficult for him to govern effectively.

The Minchin Protocol is not sanctioned by law and it allows every false or dubious claim to be paid back at any time (even a decade later) if the public decides, before the police, that the claim was a ''mistake''.

Abbott as an international statesman is mostly grovelling to various Asian leaders, as he ''unsays'' hurtful things he once said for purely domestic consumption and advantage while in opposition.

Shelly says:" With all the good things that the government are trying to achieve at present in trade "

Abbott as an international statesman is mostly grovelling to various Asian leaders, as he ''unsays'' hurtful things he once said for purely domestic consumption and advantage while in opposition.

The things done and said while in opposition have come back to bite the Coalition.

Sorry, Shelly's comment has me roflmao.
You are either contemptible or an idiot.

If people called John Howard a rodent, what are they going to call Abbott? He has a long history of cynical, underhand manoeuvring, like what he did to Pauline Hanson when she started to cost the Coalition votes:

https://newmatilda.com/2012/12/11/how-abbott-funded-fight-against-one-nation

Paul,
People that don't agree with your (not you personally) opinions are always idiots aren't they. Just ask the mirror. The mirror wont lie.


Ahhh.... paul walter...

Have to say I am disappointed by your lazy and unfair assessment of Shelley's comments.

Why not both? Contemptible AND an idiot?

You've got to be kidding.. The secret neolib panpac trade deal no one is allowed to know about?
Beam me up Scotty.

Beam you to where Paul?

Where is the place in Australian political paradise would you want to go. Not a moment. A time maybe and dinner table. And how with your knowledge of now put forward your discussion to better the future.

About that paul...

It's been simmering away for quite some time... and there's barely any press coverage of it. Nor is there any real public discussion. That's GOT to be a worry!

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/aug/27/pacific-free-trade-deal