POLLIES’ PERKS ABUSE NOT FUNNY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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

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