Barnaby’s sense of entitlements
IS BARNABY Joyce really expecting us to believe that his relationship with Vikki Campion was all due to not allowing spouses to be staffers ( C-M, Dec 7)?
What about all the other parliamentarians whose marriages/partnerships have survived this embargo? Roseanne Schneider, Toowoomba
SORRY Barnaby, you do not have my support to again institutionalise nepotism.
Already your “entitlements” include a plethora of perks for your spouse. If any public service department or private industry employed family members without due process there would be a hue and cry.
It is enough to ensure that regular milking of the public purse by parliamentarians is remedied, do not add family members and multiply the problem.
I wonder what any transport driver, pilot, fly-in-fly-out worker thinks about Barnaby claiming he has a special sort of job that requires special treatment? David Ireland, Bli Bli
OH BOO hoo Barnaby. There are a lot of professions that cause couples to be separated for long periods of time.
Miners, truck drivers, engineers and project managers. And, of course not least, the men and women of the armed forces. Most of these professions earn less than a politician and none that I know of actively encourage spouses to come to work to improve efficiency.
“Oh yes, we’d love to have your husband with us in Iraq, even though he brings no discernible talents or training to prepare him for combat ... but no, please bring him along, it will be a laugh.” Please!
There are definitely relationships that disintegrate because of distance and time apart and, as such, this is hardly a Robinson Crusoe predicament for our politicians. However a great many relationships stand the strain, possibly because the ring on their finger is more important than anything and anyone and both parties know that and trust that.
So Barnaby, please don’t make your own failings as a man out to any more or any less than your own failings. You goose! Shani Doig, Coorparoo
I DISAGREE strongly with the stance taken by the exprime minister and exNational Party leader Barnaby Joyce calling for an end to the ban on spouses working for parliamentarians.
What does Joyce want next: pollies’ working-age kids working in their MP father/ mother’s office too? Eric Palm, Gympie