MORE LIBS CAUGHT IN EXPENSE RORTS
...Fairfax has been busy on one side of the House only
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.
Sussan Ley, Julie Bishop, Mathias Cormann and a dozen others remain sweatingly unexposed so far, but those who have been exposed are only the hated Conservatives. Fairfax is at it again with their phalanx of work experience Leftie reporters (not journalists) supported by the Guardian, news.com.au and people like Laurie Oakes.
Fortunately there was a phone box nearby where Supermal could change into his superhero suit and announce yet another “independent” body to monitor pollies’ expenses.
Apart from their Bronwyn Bishop trophy, the word is that Fairfax is working hard right now to nail ogres George Brandis and Tony Abbott. Yet there was nary a word from the failing Fairfax over Rudd, Keating, Burke and Hawke who all made, and are still making, an art form of swindle dockets.
Hawke, who has a penchant for removing all his clothes, (trust me there is nothing to be envious of) had a permanent spot, courtesy of taxpayers, at Sydney’s Boulevard Hotel, a popular Labor haunt, and took visitors in a lift to the luxury suite.
Reporters were also invited but if unisex nudity offended it was best that invitees like Laurie Oakes left. And he did, after everyone voted that he refrain from disrobing and killing the atmosphere. Spoil sports!
Paul Keating decided he looked better clothed and kept himself busy conflating the costs of his antique clock obsession and his pig farm with his Parliamentary expenses.
Kevin 747 ran up $100,000 a week in airfares (almost three quarter of a million bucks in a single month) and that didn't account for hotels, the finest fare, including cerumen and cellery toasted sandwiches and hair driers, even after he was booted as PM.
He silently paid back a fortune in various rorts... and still not a word from Fairfax. Even Julia Gillard reprimanded him over his lavish lifestyle at taxpayer expense. Now that takes some pot and kettle gall coming from Gillard.
Yet the Fairfax group of dishonest rags appears besotted only with anything that smells of Conservatism. Labor remains a pristine model of propriety at Fairfax.
Tony Burke, the unheralded rorts king
If you thought for an instant that politicians could give a stuff about their lowly constituents, you’re off with the fairies.
The moment you join the Canberra crew, and I had many years with them, you can feel the greasy entitlement and privilege oozing from every pore on their bloated bodies.
Malcolm Turnbull is great at using sticky tape to solve a problem, but this time it needs expenses to be pre-justified for all, because privileged politicians will never change into responsible public servants all by themselves.
And Fairfax will never change either.