If I just pay the money back I won't get a fine, go to gaol or lose my job.
Hope the Magistrate remembers it when I front up and I say it's all honky dory now cos I gave it all back!
MP's; the ultimate "protected species".Who else could get caught fraudulently using other people's money, and then get off by saying "Sorry" and paying it back?Shudder on - just think of how few snouts are not in the trough.
The only commandment they believe is the 11th - "Thou shalt not get caught."
Ms Ley is just another in a long line. The thing that makes me shudder is wondering how many more are getting away with it.
The Susan Ley drama is not over, not by a long shot. ABC News is reporting this morning that she's apparently made trips to the Gold Coast before at taxpayer expense where she and her husband already own property and she's refusing to release her diary for public examination:Her press conference, was one of the greatest self indulgent pieces of clap trap I've seen.
"Will I allow the media access to go on a fishing expedition, perhaps at the cost of confidentiality of some of the both confidential and commercial in-confidence meetings? No, I won't."
I do love a good "commercial in confidence" claim, it's the wonderful blanket excuse designed to try and stop any public discovery about the real cost of anything. And I wish that I could get fully taxpayer funded flights and accommodation while I waltzed around the country inspecting prospective investment properties. These people certainly live the high life, don't they.
Some politicians are like footballers. Potentially they may have a very short career, so they will try to milk it for all they can whilst in the job. Others are already filthy rich, and lust for more money and power at the expense of others.Should things go pear shaped, surely a job on the board of a hospital or pharmaceutical company will appear, or is that commercial in confidence?
if true, the rules NEED changing. That mob in Canberra, just don't get it.I think this is a fundamental part of the problem - Club Burley Griffin is a force that isolates people from the real world of their constituents and they start to think that their own version of reality is the only one that exists. Hence we get people like Joe Hockey who seriously think that they're the "lifters" of society...
Should things go pear shaped, surely a job on the board of a hospital or pharmaceutical company will appear, or is that commercial in confidence?If she loses her seat next election you would think her experience as Health Minister would make her a shoo-in for lobbying for the pharma or private health insurance industries.
Read this elsewhere, I was amused. Sorry about size.That better?
Jesus, Malcolm, how short a memory do you think we all have? .... Sinodinos. who can't remember whether he is corrupt or not, hasn't been given the green light in my book.... and with his shocking memory he should be receiving health care, not being put in charge of it....although it is for the ageing as well... Surprised you didn't give it to Abbott, he was such a great Minister for Health before....NOT !
And that would be just scratching the surface of most federal MP's questionable and likely corrupt business dealings. No wonder they can't run the country, they're too busy lining their pockets, and also their mates'.There's something like $300-$350 million in collective residential property holdings by all our federal MP's according to Lindsay David, Paul Egan and Phillip Soos. If Susan Ley follows the time-honoured tradition of leaving politics to get a plush $250,000+ a year "consultancy" to industry (parliamentary liaison to Sarina Russo?) then she will be looking to write down her tax by having as many residential properties to negatively gear as possible... no wonder so many ex-pollies are multi-millionaires, they know exactly how to stack things in their own favour.
It appears Brandis, Ditton, Fifield, and Birmingham billed us to attend Turnballs New Year's Eve party.Brandis. Now there is a piece of work. Hypocrite.
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