By Bert Hetebry
Government members were called to Canberra to get stuck into some work before the parliamentary week started, basically to consider how life could be made a little better for those who are struggling with the cost of living exacerbated by rent increases and what looks like the supermarket duopoly taking its customers for a bit of a ride so shareholders can look forward to increased dividends.
With the constant reminders of the cost-of-living crisis hitting headlines every day and an implication that it is all able to be blamed on the government, particularly ‘Albo’, what does a senior member of the opposition do?
Why, pour scorn on the idea that calling the Labor caucus in early to work on precisely those issues, somehow, all those white commonwealth cars waiting at the airport to pick up the members arriving is an expensive waste of money.
Senator Michaelia Cash on the news yesterday somehow implied that it is more expensive for the Labor team to arrive two weeks earlier than planned and the cars were somehow a waste of money to do the job they would otherwise be doing in two weeks’ time. Or could it be that somehow it is wasting money that the salaries these government members will not cost a cent more but the personal cost for the members is that they are away from home two weeks earlier than expected, to do the work they were elected to do.
My maths may be wrong, Ms Cash, but I think the cost of those cars driving members to their Canberra homes will cost approximately $00.00 more than it will in two weeks’ time.
Members are on salary so the additional cost for them arriving two weeks early to work on some pretty important stuff will cost an extra $00.00.
And I did so love the confected anger as it was implied that somehow the early start was somehow a dreadful thing, irresponsible even. Perhaps if the opposition had been called in early it would have been dreadful, dreadful to actually have to do some constructive work.
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