The following is a short extract from Ted Mack THE HENRY PARKES ORATION 2013: It was a widely acclaimed lecture about the state of our governance.
“Over the last 30 years there has been a plethora of minor and major scandals, misuse of most forms of parliamentary allowances, interstate travel, overseas travel, telephone allowances,comcars, taxis, air charters and stamp allowances in addition to the revelations of major Royal Commissions. It seems that almost anything can and has been rorted”.
And it continues. Take a look at the expenses claims of Tony Abbott both as Opposition Leader and Prime Minister over the past few years. As Opposition Leader his office cost much more than the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
A total of around 6 million dollars and as one of the highest paid leaders in the world he earns $507,338. That doesn’t include housing or transport. I’m not sure about personal grooming.
The Prime Minister has been the major rorter of the system for many years. All others pale into oblivion. It should have been fixed many years ago. Three million people didn’t vote in the last election and a recent Essential survey found that only 16% of people trusted politicians. Given the appalling performance of this government it’s safe to say even fewer will vote next time around. And my tip is late this year or early next.