Bron’s bar­gain trip

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

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.

MARK MO­LACHINO,

Aitken­vale.

Bron­wyn Bishop.

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