Reject the 2016 Report of Independent Committee Review into Parliamentarian’s Entitlements. The Report is both a shame and disgrace.
The recently tabled 2016 Report Independent Committee Review into Parliamentarian’s Entitlements, grants complete and total control over “Entitlements expenditure” to the very politicians, who because of their rorts, abuse and misuse of taxpayersâ€™ funds, this committee was tasked to examine and report with practical ethical recommendations.
Instead we have been lumbered with a report that reaffirms parliamentarianâ€™s entitlements (business expenses) (rorts) by handing complete control and autonomy to parliamentarians. More helicopter rides, private chartered aircraft to attend political meetings, meet executives of any political party, anywhere in Australia at taxpayers expense. More gold platting of parliamentary entitlements, bucket loads of dissembling, rewording of terminology thrown together with with weasel wordsÂ failed at every, yes every recommendation to bring accountability, trust, transparency and timeliness.
Core issues of ongoing payments to Former Prime Ministers, Overseas Study Trips, Family Travel, Gold Pass for for parliamentarians, Unaccountable domestic travel, outrageous Office Fit Outs costs were never explored nor addressed. To remove entirely the ability of politicians and Senators to travel at taxpayers expense to meetings of a parliamentary political party,Â or of its executive, or its committees, and the national conference of the Senator or Memberâ€™s political party.
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