I firstly want to apologise for the lack of regular posting of late, sadly my health has been less than grand and I have hardly been up to reading and researching topics to write about. On top of that the medication I have had to take has its limits in terms of just how functional I can be in the other aspects of my life so if something has had to give it has been my contributions here.
Now that the house keeping is over lets get our teeth into the rather meaty issue de Jour, namely the attempt by the ALP to make a big fuss about the travel expense claims made by coalition MPs in the last few years. Being an MP is a tough gig and as I have suggested elsewhere on this issue I personally think that there is no such thing as a truly off the clock moment for those we elect to our parliament so I find the attacks from the ALP and the other minions of the left rather disingenuous. Its rank opportunism of the most base nature and then my businessman bro pointed this piece out to me:
So let me get this entirely clear, the still leaderless ALP is whining about the tiny details of coalition expense claims while they are putting a 200K bite on the public purse so that they can go through an novel method of deciding who among their greatly reduced number will take up the poisoned chalice of opposition leader. Boy oh boy you just could not run that in an episode of “Yes Minister” now could you?
If ever there is an example of rorting of the travel expenses system it just has to have been perpetrated by the ALP in pursuit of the untried system invented by that arch villain of recent past, Kevin Bloody Rudd. How apt though that the man who single handedly launched the decent of the budget into the spiralling decent from surplus to deficit should invent a system of leadership selection that has to be paid for by the public purse at such a high price?
Surely when it comes to the internal machinations of the opposition it should be the members themselves, or their party who pays the travel expenses?
Even if we accept the premise that its legitimate for MP’s travel to a leadership ballot is legitimate why on earth does the ALP have to burden the taxpayer by have a ballot on Thursday to which MPs will come and go and then an announcement on the subsequent Sunday?
Surely they can do the whole piece of theatre on just one day?
Its a very slippery slope once pollies start to finger-point about travel and other expenses and one that can very easily backfire as the ALP is discovering
None the less I am hardly surprised because of there is one thing that characterises the last two terms of government it was the way things very seldom went the way that the ALP expected. The thing is over the last few weeks Labor has been able to focus upon the feel good message of their new leadership process and I can’t help thinking that this whole load of nonsense about expense claims has been a very bad political move for Labor. They have just not thought it through any where near enough and the result will be hardly a scratch on Abbott but Labor covered in soot and embarrassment form their misfire.
My good friend Ray has often expressed the hope that Rudd saving some furniture would give us a shot at us having an effective opposition. On the early soundings I think that was a rather unfulfilled expectation.
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