DON'T YOU TALK TO ME ABOUT EXPENSES TONY!
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Over five grand for a chopper from Melbourne to Geelong? Bloody hell! For a 15 minute leisurely flight up the M1? It seems the chopper hire company also needs to answer a few questions. That’s $21,000 an hour fly time, so what were the “extras”?
Perhaps champagne and caviar served by two bare-chested toy boys in bow ties?
Following the hors d'oeuvres, surely the curtains were drawn for a rub down with fragrant oils and a little light relief. Is our Bronny (who is only five hours younger than me) the latest inductee to the exclusive 500 ft Club?
This Agusta Power109 may be a classier chopper than my Jetranger but the most per hour I ever received was $1600 from wealthy American Generals or National Geographic crews.
I know the dear little thing believes she is really important with her self contained unit inside Parliament House adorned with all the trappings of a Speaker, but fair dinkum I thought her greatest expense would have been the pallets of aerosole needed to rid the unit of the smell of slippers and used undergarments.
Let’s face it, Bronny has been studying up on Standing Orders for five years, lusting after the Speaker’s job, just like everyone else who has nothing to contribute to debate.
No Lib, let alone Abbott, was game to deny her the greatest rort Parliament can provide.
Her travel in the last six months of last year alone, including a personal trip to Europe, cost taxpayers $131,000, and is completely out of order!
Maybe the Member for Mackellar is in danger of being asked to leave under 94A.
[NB. Ms Bishop has agreed to reimburse the relevant costs.]