Tuesday 10 January 2017
1 Further to my piece ‘Come on, Malcolm, confront the bastards‘ comes the further revelation that Sussan Ley had secured finance ”several months” before she bought the $795,000 unit suggesting that it wasn’t, the spur of the moment decision she said it was. Her statement that she had ”not planned nor anticipated” the decision now cannot be believed. She was lying.
In addition she has made a number of trips to the Gold Coast (27 trips where there are unanswered questions, including two that took her to the Gold Coast on New Year’s Eve in 2013 and 2014.) that on the surface seem rather dodgy.
Then we find out that the trips were to attend functions run by Sarina Russo, who just happens to be one of Australia’s richest women, and that her companies won multimillion dollar contracts under the Abbott government.
Starting to stink a little. Oh, and she is a donor to the Liberal Party. No wonder politicians don’t want a national ICAC.
On the evidence thus far there seems to have been a deliberate attempt to make false travel claims and the matter will not be resolved until one, the Prime Minister sacks her or two, the rules are changed.
Such rorting of the system cannot be allowed to continue. Her answers so far have been totally inadequate and make a mockery of the PMs statement that he hopes that MPs “speak more plainly and with more candour to the Australian people in 2017?”
Labor’s Health spokeswoman, Catherine King said that:
”If Malcolm Turnbull is willing to turn a blind eye on this type of conduct, it shows exactly what type of leader he really is.”
Although both sided of politics have been doing it for yonks it is the right that have been the biggest abusers.
Tony Abbott flew around the country to promote his book and Pollie pedaled his way around the country at the taxpayer’s expense. The Drum married the dates of Abbott’s national book promotion tour with his travel expenses claims and guess what?
The taxpayer also paid his expenses to compete in the Port Macquarie Iron Man, and attend the weddings of former MPs Sophie Mirabella and Peter Slipper.
There was another time in Melbourne where he was late for a fundraiser and when he apologised it was because he had to visit a hospital to justify claiming overnight expenses.
If the Prime Minister now won’t confront those of the wacky right and start taking control of his party he never will.
Well as I write I’m interrupted by the ABC saying that ”Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced she was standing aside without ministerial pay while an enquiry into her travel expenses by the head of his department Martin ParkInson.”
”The secretary will thoroughly investigate the travel claims and the Minister has assured me that she will promptly provide all information and assistance sought by the secretary for the purpose of this investigation”.
“Australians expect the government to deal with these serious matters very thoroughly and in accordance with the Statement of Ministerial Standards”.
“I expect the highest standards from my Ministers in all aspects of their conduct, and especially the expenditure of public money.”
So then I had to re write most of it.
How it is at all possible that Ms Ley could possibly wrangle her way out of this is anyone’s guess. But the higher principle is how much longer it is going to be before a set of rules is instigated that will satisfy MPs that they are being treated fairly and at the same time placate the public. The parliamentary enquiry 12 months ago made 29 recommendations. None have been acted on.
See Kaye Lee’s post on this very subject.
And I wonder how you would be feeling waiting on one of those nasty Centerlink letters.
2 In the area in which I live we are due to switch to the new NBN on 13 January. Here are some Facebook comments from friends in my suburb. If I disappear after that date you will know why.
A Good old NBN disconnected my work number during preps in November then switched both lines around and patched my work number into home line 2 weeks if no work at home. 😡😡
B Yep! Agree Pete. I’m at day 3. 😡
C Aussie have been good Gav and can see the connection all the way to the green box around the corner, but where old mate from the nbn did the plug and play is where it stops. Common thing apparently fkn awesome. 😩
D My connection is complete apparently… now I have to wait for an SMS to finalise it and “connect” the box … the kids HATE it!
E I’ve had that text and plugged in and bam no connection, I hope you have a win as my three are not happy Jan
F oh great … looking forward to that then… NOT!!
G I have Internet Peter Morris but have no home phone since they did it … it’s dead.
H I’ve heard it’s not much faster, but better than nothing Peter. Hope they get it sorted quickly
I Took us two months Pete and that was with contacting the ombudsman and Russel Northe’s office who stepped in on our behalf. Next door took 4 months (and they had no fixed phone line either) – plus we only get one bar of reception on our mobiles. Disgraceful. There was already NBN here when we moved, it just had to be switched on. There was a dispute about our address between NBN and our provider (not that we knew this because neither of them would talk to each other – until Russell North’s office stepped in) even then it was another 3 weeks before it was connected. Nightmare – I feel for you.
3 You would hardly think that Cory Bernardi would ever be a chance of joining One Nation now that it appears they have done a backflip and banned homophobia.
My thought for the day.
”Wouldn’t it be good if in our parliament, regardless of ideology, we had politician’s whose first interest was the people’s welfare and not their own”.
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