Cost of High Court hearings should be borne by each MP
The section 44 lawyers’ picnic that is playing out in Canberra is a scandal (“$2m legal bill to save pollies’ jobs”, 12/10). Why does a case concerning seven MPs — who basically stuffed up — require nine QCs and 14 junior barristers, not to mention all of the solicitors who are involved?
Why does former independent MP Tony Windsor need two QCs and a junior barrister? Why are taxpayers footing the bill for this extravagance of legal representation?
Those involved, or their parties, should pay the bills. It is this sort of extravagance and middle finger to taxpayers that brings the political class into disrepute. Richard Shankland, Pymble, NSW Who authorised the commonwealth to pay the costs for the MPs’ High Court hearing? I know that Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis said the commonwealth was going to cover the costs, but did they have the authority? When these people signed the declarations that they were Australian citizens and held no other citizenship, they had not been elected. They were just citizens seeking election. The figure of $2m should not be covered by the commonwealth for what a person did or did not do before they became a member of parliament. Don Smith, Noosa, Qld