Dear Prime Minister Abbott,
There is no way that you can restore faith in your government until you order your Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and others to repay their personal expenses.
If you enjoy bike riding, you pay for it and it is your Immigration Minister’s duty to tell us the truth rather than hiding behind the bureaucratic wall. He must not forget that he is our servant.
You must introduce new legislation to stop their dipping into the honey jar again.
Unity Party WA
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UPWA is the only political party that calls a spade a spade.
Political trust falls to new low
- · DAVID CROWE – THE AUSTRALIAN –
- OCTOBER 21, 2013 12:00AM
TRUST in politicians has hit a new low as an expenses scandal threatens to undermine Tony Abbott’s ambition to “restore faith” in government after the divisions of the past three years.
Research to be released today shows a slump in confidence in federal politicians as voters rank the parliament below every other major institution in a nationwide survey of social attitudes…….
Julie Bishop defends claiming India wedding cost
- AAP OCTOBER 11, 2013 6:58AM
SENIOR coalition government minister Julie Bishop argues there’s a “very grey area” between work and play for travel expense claims as she defended charging taxpayers to attend a wedding in India.
Ms Bishop claimed $3445 to return from the lavish wedding in Hyderabad in 2011, but says she sought and received prior approval.
Coalition colleagues Barnaby Joyce and Teresa Gambaro also attended after being invited by mining magnate Gina Rinehart, and collectively the three claimed more than $12,000 in overseas study allowances.
The revelation sparked fierce debate about the validity of political entitlements in which a number of government and Labor MPs – including Prime Minister Tony Abbott – were quizzed about their past claims.
But Ms Bishop defended her actions, saying most of the time politicians were invited to events it was in their role as parliamentarians.
“I believe that there is a very grey area between what is official business and what is an event that could be characterised in another way,” she told ABC radio on Friday.
“If someone wanted to characterise it (as a social event) because I knew the people, for example, well is that a social event?”
The wedding, attended by 10,000 people, was more like a “high-powered gathering” of significant Indian business and political leaders and could hardly be described as a social event, she said.
There was no need to change the rules around parliamentary entitlements, but the question of disclosure remained paramount, Ms Bishop said.
“Disclose it and be transparent about it.”