Bron’s bargain trip
IT HAS recently been revealed that Federal Speaker Bronwyn Bishop took a two- week trip to Europe last year to sell herself for the job of President of the Inter- Parliamentary Union based in Geneva.
She and two staff spent a measly $ 90,000 in the process. You have to break down these costs to really appreciate her frugal spending.
Bronwyn and her two staff’s food bill was $ 25,400 for the 14 days. That amounts to $ 600 each person per day in food.
The trio’s air travel bill amounted to $ 42,400.
I have to say I’m impressed how she saved the taxpayer money; she could, after all, have used space travel.
And to clinch the money saving deal she only spent $ 14,000 on ground transport.
We all know those pesky Euro taxi drivers really stick it to us Aussies, so $ 1166 per day on taxis is a bargain.
Just to seal the deal, Bronwyn decided to fly from Melbourne to Geelong, a total of 75km, on a charter flight.
This wonderful idea only set us back $ 5000 so she could use a private helicopter to get where she was going. Just remember the Commonwealth keeps a fleet of Comcars around for such trips.
My guess is the Government didn’t want to inflict one hour of travel with Bronwyn on anyone.
On a serious note, though, is this the end of the age of entitlement or is it the end of it for the taxpayer only?
We have seen the Treasurer on national TV tell us all there is no problem with their partners owning houses in Canberra and using taxpayer dollars to stay there each night.
Basically paying the mortgage for their partners using taxpayer dollars. I’m sure the hotel industry in Canberra is really loving that one.
So these are the things that need to be raised by us to our local member Ewen Jones.
Is he happy his Speaker spent $ 90,000 of taxpayer money on a failed attempt to posture herself with another title or is he happy to be part of a government that tells porkies to get into power and then thinks its OK to continue to gorge from the trough?
Only he can explain
his government’s actions and it is for us to judge his government at the next election.