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#51 2015-07-24 12:06:59

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This from Herald Sun. No rest til she's gone looks like.

Bronwyn Bishop skips bus for chauffer
BRONWYN Bishop took a taxpayer-funded car to travel just 850m to a meeting in Tasmania instead of taking a free shuttle bus.

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#52 2015-07-24 19:12:33

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JulieW wrote:

This from Herald Sun. No rest til she's gone looks like.

Bronwyn Bishop skips bus for chauffer
BRONWYN Bishop took a taxpayer-funded car to travel just 850m to a meeting in Tasmania instead of taking a free shuttle bus.

Is she taking the piss?

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#53 2015-07-24 19:44:38

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#54 2015-07-24 23:04:39

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col0016 wrote:
JulieW wrote:

This from Herald Sun. No rest til she's gone looks like.

Bronwyn Bishop skips bus for chauffer
BRONWYN Bishop took a taxpayer-funded car to travel just 850m to a meeting in Tasmania instead of taking a free shuttle bus.

Is she taking the piss?

Travel with the peasants!!??!!!???

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#55 2015-07-25 01:05:00

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TAXPAYERS footed a more than $21,000 bill for Warren Truss to give a speech explaining the virtues of tightening the government belt and reducing expenditure after the controversial 2014 Federal Budget.

The Deputy Prime Minister's expenses, released by the Department of Finance late last month, show the Wide Bay MP spent $21,570 on a chartered flight between Canberra and Brisbane to give a speech at the Conservative Breakfast Club in Brisbane on May 14, last year.

The revelation of the expensive charter flight after Speaker of the House and Liberal member Bronwyn Bishop last week found herself in hot water for spending taxpayer's money on a $5000 helicopter flight between Geelong and Melbourne to attend a Liberal Party fundraiser.

At the time Mr Truss's speech angered retirees who took exception to his implication they were wasting their superannuation and lifesavings on cruises and overseas trips.

"The Budget takes steps to ensure the government is living within its means, and to rein in the age of entitlement," Mr Truss said, according to an online transcript of the speech.

http://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/trus … n/2717891/

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#56 2015-07-25 03:18:58

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Group buy to hire assassins to fix our fiscal mess?

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#57 2015-07-25 03:36:55

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I think the positive thing out of this is that ALL politicians are feeling the heat from their electorate of what their entitlements are being spent on! cool

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#58 2015-07-25 04:00:05

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Maybe the age of entitlement will end?

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#59 2015-07-25 05:11:20

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#60 2015-07-26 00:01:21

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After her. Tumbrils are in fashion.

"It was because she didn't get the seat that she prefers. She likes the front row of business class," Long says. "But business class was full with the exception of two seats. She was given the seat with no one next to her but she still wasn't happy."

After half an hour or so Bishop was finally coaxed on board, Long says. If she didn't take her assigned seat the plane would leave without her.

"She made her displeasure very clear when she got on to the aircraft," Long says.

Long was the senior attendant and his underlings were visibly scared of this formidable woman. He decided he'd give Bishop, then a Howard government minister, the best personal service he could in an effort to smooth things over.

It didn't go well.

"She wouldn't take anything. She was like a spoilt child," he says. "I just thought it was incredible. She's paid by the Australian taxpayer. To even get into her mind that she's entitled to a particular seat just floors me."

Long retired from Qantas a decade ago. While the airline frowns upon staff – current and former – speaking to the media, he says he felt compelled to tell his story when news broke last week of Bishop's now notorious chopper charter.

Long admits he's never been a Coalition supporter and Bishop's spokesman, Damien Jones, denies the story. "We take whatever seats we're given," he says.

But if Long's account is true, it's yet another illustration – as if we needed one – that Bishop long ago lost touch with the people she is supposed to represent.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/ … l_facebook

Anecdote (from 2000) used to bump this issue into a major paper again.

Good to see!
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#61 2015-07-26 00:04:09

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The entitlement mentality of Abbott's friends is remarkable!


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#62 2015-07-26 00:34:17

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"Appeasement only encourages the aggressor".
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#63 2015-07-26 00:42:44

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But if Long's account is true, it's yet another illustration – as if we needed one – that Bishop long ago lost touch with the people she's supposed to represent.

I think they've all forgotten that they're merely humble representatives of their electors view points whether they personally agree with them or not.

I'm hearing a lot about 'conscience votes' and 'personal views' during the current politiking on border security, gay marriage, GST.

Has anyone had their door knocked, the phone called/polled or seen a politician even ask for guidance on what the people want?
I haven't.

Oh... and here's the political joke to go with this post;

After getting their arses handed to them in the last election over (amongst other things) an ETS & being soft on illegal immigration, the ALP has decided to head into the next election on a platform of (amongst other things) putting in place an ETS and a policy of going soft on illegal immigration.

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#64 2015-07-26 02:14:12

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Clawhammer wrote:

But if Long's account is true, it's yet another illustration – as if we needed one – that Bishop long ago lost touch with the people she's supposed to represent.

I think they've all forgotten that they're merely humble representatives of their electors view points whether they personally agree with them or not.

I'm hearing a lot about 'conscience votes' and 'personal views' during the current politiking on border security, gay marriage, GST.

Has anyone had their door knocked, the phone called/polled or seen a politician even ask for guidance on what the people want?
I haven't.

Oh... and here's the political joke to go with this post;

After getting their arses handed to them in the last election over (amongst other things) an ETS & being soft on illegal immigration, the ALP has decided to head into the next election on a platform of (amongst other things) putting in place an ETS and a policy of going soft on illegal immigration.

I agree with you completely, they should just lie about what they're going to do like the libs.

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#65 2015-07-26 03:25:53

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Lol


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#66 2015-07-26 03:40:59

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Clawhammer wrote:

But if Long's account is true, it's yet another illustration – as if we needed one – that Bishop long ago lost touch with the people she's supposed to represent.

I think they've all forgotten that they're merely humble representatives of their electors view points whether they personally agree with them or not.

I'm hearing a lot about 'conscience votes' and 'personal views' during the current politiking on border security, gay marriage, GST.

Has anyone had their door knocked, the phone called/polled or seen a politician even ask for guidance on what the people want?
I haven't.

Oh... and here's the political joke to go with this post;

After getting their arses handed to them in the last election over (amongst other things) an ETS & being soft on illegal immigration, the ALP has decided to head into the next election on a platform of (amongst other things) putting in place an ETS and a policy of going soft on illegal immigration.

I'd be interested in meeting some elected officials to have a chat, but I'd probably get arrested since I am just a tax paying scum of a citizen.


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#67 2015-07-26 22:50:53

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#69 2015-07-26 23:00:14

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Bronwyn's hat.

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#70 2015-07-27 21:46:37

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Moving on, since Bron seems to be welded into the Libs power structure and must have pillow talk dirt on some of the big boys, and on the basis that you have to laugh, or you'll cry:

Not so much a joke, but amusing to anyone whose come across the pathetic wannabee uniform chasers who, if they could pass the psych tests, wish they were cops and soldiers.

Tony Abbott gathered the state premiers to discuss fiscal policy and federation – or who pays for what and how – and the setting's symbolism was telling. John Howard draped his long-running prime ministership in khaki and cricket whites, and Abbott, struggling to find his feet in the top job, has latched on to and amplified the military theme with a vengeance.

Abbott started by militarising the public servants regulating Australian borders, putting them in uniforms of such a dark blue they might as well be black. There's no mistaking the symbolism. It's not as though there's a practical reason for Australian Border Force public servants to wear near-black shirts – our northern border is tropical and light-coloured cloth would have been cooler and more effective if one had to have a uniform at all.

Living the theme, Abbott lays his head down at night on a pillow in the Australian Federal Police College in Canberra. He increasingly appears in the media in military or quasi-military settings, often wearing military-style gear. But Abbott took this to a new extreme this week, holding the retreat with premiers at an actual military base, Sydney's Victoria Barracks. What next? Commissioning and publicly appearing in a prime ministerial uniform? There are precedents for this kind of behaviour, none of them good. Symbolism counts and Abbott's becomes more disturbing by the day.

https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opi … 7464002158

There is of course a darker undercurrent, but this is Political JOTD and shit happens.

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#71 2015-07-28 21:36:49

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Things are a bit rough in politics. Imagine having to dob in your dealer just for a few political points.

Embattled Speaker of the House Bronwyn Bishop is consulting with colleagues and considering her next step after yet another expenses row erupted, government frontbenchers have said.

News Corp on Wednesday reported that the Speaker claimed a travel allowance of $288 to stay in Brisbane in April 2007 when she attended backbencher Teresa Gambaro's wedding.

A spokesman for Bishop told News Corp the Speaker had met an unnamed academic as part of an parliamentary inquiry into illicit drugs that was held the Monday after the wedding.

The website of the standing committee shows that there were no public hearings listed for mid to late April, after Gambaro's wedding on 15 April. Public hearings resumed in Canberra from 9 May, and the only public hearing in Queensland through the course of the illicit drugs inquiry had already taken place in March.

The Australian newspaper reports that a spokesman for Bishop said the Speaker had engaged in a meeting on 16 April with a confidential source in connection to the illicit drugs inquiry.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-ne … er-wedding

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#72 2015-07-28 21:40:55

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Confidential illicit drugs source? Sounds like she's claiming travel allowance on getting high now.


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#73 2015-07-28 21:45:09

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JulieW wrote:

Things are a bit rough in politics. Imagine having to dob in your dealer just for a few political points.

Embattled Speaker of the House Bronwyn Bishop is consulting with colleagues and considering her next step after yet another expenses row erupted, government frontbenchers have said.

News Corp on Wednesday reported that the Speaker claimed a travel allowance of $288 to stay in Brisbane in April 2007 when she attended backbencher Teresa Gambaro's wedding.

A spokesman for Bishop told News Corp the Speaker had met an unnamed academic as part of an parliamentary inquiry into illicit drugs that was held the Monday after the wedding.

The website of the standing committee shows that there were no public hearings listed for mid to late April, after Gambaro's wedding on 15 April. Public hearings resumed in Canberra from 9 May, and the only public hearing in Queensland through the course of the illicit drugs inquiry had already taken place in March.

The Australian newspaper reports that a spokesman for Bishop said the Speaker had engaged in a meeting on 16 April with a confidential source in connection to the illicit drugs inquiry.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-ne … er-wedding

Is anybody else shocked that she only claimed $288? I feel like realistically there should at least be a 0 on the end.

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#74 2015-07-28 21:50:30

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Malcolm Turnbull has a sense of humour (and a few ambitions it would appear)

Malcolm Turnbull has helpfully provided a step-by-step guide on how to get from Melbourne to Geelong using public transport, showing that travel by land can be just as fun as taking a helicopter.

While it is not unusual for the multimillionaire communications minister to inform everyone regularly that he catches public transport – as if it is not a grim morning and afternoon reality for the rest of us – this trip is particularly pertinent for Bronwyn Bishop.

The Speaker has been under pressure after it emerged she did not get the memo about the end of the age entitlement.

Bishop is refusing to provide documentation to justify her travel claim after attending the former Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella's wedding in 2006.

She first came under pressure for hailing a $5,000 helicopter to a Liberal party function last year and then handing taxpayers the bill for a trip from Melbourne to Geelong – which would usually take about an hour by road.

Turnbull has now revealed that the trip can be done in about 90 minutes by catching trams and then a train.

— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm)
July 28, 2015
After 2 interesting tram trips last night now on the 109 on Collins St to Sth Cross to get the train to Geelong to visit @SHendersonMP

— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm)
July 28, 2015
A conductor checked my myki to confirm I had tapped on. So flattered he thought I was fit enough to have been able to leap over the barrier

— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm)
July 28, 2015
At Sth Geelong station with @SHendersonMP before going to Torquay to inspect the @NBN_Australia rollout. pic.twitter.com/PWJI7dBNAD

In case you had any doubts about whether such a trip was thrilling enough to warrant live tweeting:

— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm)
July 28, 2015
@ISupportTony you should lighten up. Trains and trams are fun. Meet new people. See new sights. Avoid road rage.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-ne … to-geelong

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Guardian giggles.

It sounds like the dog ate Bronwyn Bishop's homework – twice. Even senior Liberals are having terrible trouble defending her.

First she claimed $600 in flights to Albury on the same weekend in 2006 as colleague Sophie Mirabella's nearby wedding, because, she says, she had a secret meeting with an unnamed person late on a Friday afternoon regarding a parliamentary committee inquiry into balancing work and family life.

Not since Deirdre Chambers turned up to dinner in Muriel's Wedding have we seen such a coincidence
Fellow committee members were not told about the meeting, did not approve the travel and do not remember hearing anything that Bishop, the committee chair, gleaned from her conveniently-timed discussion.

It's hard to imagine what aspect of work/life balance could be so sensitive as to require such secrecy and discretion, harder still to imagine why it would have to remain secret nine years later.

Now we discover that Bishop claimed travel allowance due to another secret meeting with an unnamed academic, as part of her work on another inquiry by the same committee into illicit drugs. And – you wouldn't believe it – this meeting also happened to coincide with another colleague's interstate wedding. Not since Deirdre Chambers turned up to dinner in Muriel's Wedding have we seen such a coincidence.

In both cases, Bishop insists she has done nothing wrong, that she is not required to ask permission for such meetings, nor to report back to the committee.

The standing orders for committees do not specify rules about chairs meeting people anonymously, but do say committees can hold private hearings. Three committee members have to be present for it to constitute a committee meeting.


Bronwyn Bishop under scrutiny over expenses for flight to another wedding
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We know parliamentarians regularly schedule a public event to justify billing taxpayers for a party event that would not otherwise be eligible.

In 2014 Tony Abbott explained to government MPs that he had arrived late for a party-room meeting in Canberra because he had had to schedule an early morning visit to a cancer research centre in Melbourne, so that he could justify taxpayer funding for his trip to the city for a "private function" the night before.

www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jul/29/the-dog-ate-bronwyn-bishops-travel-expenses-homework-twice

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