POLLIES’ PERKS ABUSE NOT FUNNY
THERE is a joke which sums up the public's attitude to politicians’ perceived sense of entitlement when it comes to spending taxpayer money. A hairdresser gave a florist a free haircut. The next morning the florist sent a bunch of roses to the shop. The hairdresser gave a baker a free haircut. The next morning the baker sent a box of cup cakes to the shop. The hairdresser gave a politician a free haircut. The next morning there was a line of politicians at the shop waiting for a free haircut. There is already a perception that politicians get into the job for the perks. Regular reports about questionable travel claims by Federal members fuel that mistrust. If pollies want to reclaim some respect, the Federal Parliament needs to clean up its act on entitlements.
Rick Lee - Editor