Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Selective justice

Former Speaker Peter Slipper ripped off taxpayers by using $954 of his Cabcharge vouchers for private visits to wineries. He's been hounded for years, lost his job and has just been sentenced to 300 hours of community service.

Meanwhile, more than a few of our other elected representatives continue to rip us off, yet they get away with it.

Recent examples are serial offender PM Abbott's trip to Melbourne for a party fundraiser, which he charged to taxpayers as he organised a visit to a cancer centre the next morning, and Christopher Pyne's junket with his wife to London and Rome.

Pyne's charge to us included not only his wife's expenses but $1352 for a few pre-flight hours in a hotel and $2060 for the use of Heathrow's VIP Suite.

I hear no suggestion that they will face court for defrauding us.

Abbott rip-off 

Pyne rip-off 

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