Hold an in­quiry into politi­cians

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial - – Ray Rodgers, Flin­ders Park, SA

Hav­ing wit­nessed how in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful and use­ful the royal com­mis­sions into the in­sti­tu­tional re­sponses to child sex­ual abuse and into the bank­ing, su­per­an­nu­a­tion and fi­nan­cial ser­vices in­dus­try have been, could we con­sider hav­ing one into our gov­er­nance? Top­ics could in­clude: the Con­sti­tu­tion, the func­tion­ing of our par­lia­ments, the lack of stan­dards or qual­i­fi­ca­tions for our politi­cians to lead us, much less run a govern­ment depart­ment or port­fo­lio, their so-called en­ti­tle­ments (travel sup­port, pen­sions and su­per­an­nu­a­tion ar­range­ments), the hold­ing of re­li­gious be­liefs that pre­clude politi­cians do­ing their job and the wil­ful mis­use or lack of ac­count­abil­ity of “other peo­ple’s money”.

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