A never ending list of greedy privileged politicians scourging away, snouts deep in the trough as far as they can dig. But it does not end when they leave parliament? NO they just continue on the gravy train. Why the bloody hell do they get these benefits anyway? They are well paid. The bloke at Harvey Norman does not get free 50 inch TV’s for all the good service he gave while there. No he moves on.Why the friggin hell should these well connected mob get such a privilege. The old excuse has always been oh well we need to get the best candidates, we need to reward them… bullshit.They got rewarded with excellent pay. Nobody made them become politicians. Stay in the private sector, with all your skills…They are there purely for the “networking” and conditions. That is why they leave when they lose power. The ego cannot handle it.Nothing to do with serving the community.They become “Advisers” (a good word, but really means introducer to power brokers) I hate the system. I know what can we do, because when you look at it, a great career move for a want to be mover and shaker, with LIFE LONG benefits…BUT FOR SOME, THAT IS EVEN NOT ENOUGH…they dig for even more
I may make a NEW segment politician watch, on all the shonky bastards…Remember the slogan, keep the bastards Honest? that was a joke, “Keep the rorts going”, that’s what it should of been
Ms Keneally has refused to ask Ms D’Amore, who can remain as an independent, to resign from parliament in light of damaging findings from the ICAC.
The Labor party will seek a new candidate for Drummoyne after sacking Ms D’Amore from the party.
“These are serious findings and what I would say to the people of Drummoyne is this – I acknowledge that the member for Drummoyne has broken that fundamental trust between the community and their elected representative,” Ms Keneally said.
The premier faced a barrage of questions over why she wouldn’t demand Ms D’Amore, a factional ally, resign from the parliament.
She said such a demand was not within the powers of the premier’s office.
Ms D’Amore was found to have acted inappropriately in falsifying sitting day relief entitlement forms so her staff could work in her parliamentary office when they should have been working in her electorate office.
Ms D’Amore is parliamentary secretary to the police minister and the sister-in-law of controversial retiring MP Joe Tripodi.
A statement from the ICAC said the DPP should consider charged Ms D’Amore with two offences of misconduct in public office.
The commission report found that “Ms D’Amore instructed or authorised (Agatha) La Manna and another temporary staff member, Karen Harbilas, to complete false claims for sitting day relief during 2006 and 2007, which resulted in the staff members concerned receiving combined payments from parliament of $4,500 to which they were not entitled.”
The ICAC also found Ms D’Amore to have been an unreliable witness.
And this, in Victoria, greedy bloody pigs, well paid pigs, who still dig in deep in the trough after they go, enjoying a free ride!
A LITTLE-known former Labor senator who went on a two-year taxpayer-funded flight of fancy has been forced to repay almost $20,000.
Ms Webber took one flight every five days on average and while taxpayers picked up the bill, she earned more than 200,000 frequent-flyer points.
But Department of Finance officials decided Ms Webber took too many trips and ordered her to repay $18,855 for 20 flights.
Ms Webber questioned why bureaucrats didn’t warn her she had exceeded her allowed number of flights.
Records show Perth-based Ms Webber took 37 business-class flights to Melbourne, 21 to Canberra and 18 to Sydney. There were 35 flights between Melbourne and Canberra, and 19 between Sydney and Canberra. She took a four-day return trip from Sydney to Hamilton Island.
The department confirmed there was “no purpose test” for the free flights beyond the fact they should not be for commercial use.
Former MPs are not required to tell the department the reason for the flight.
The documents do not reveal Ms Webber’s reason for taking the flights. She could not be contacted yesterday and has previously declined to comment about her retirement travel.
The revelations come as the Gillard Government is considering the future of the Gold Pass scheme, which costs taxpayers $1.2 million a year.
A top-secret report by former public servant Barbara Belcher recommends sweeping changes as part of a wider overhaul of MPs pay and entitlements.
Special Minister of State Gary Gray has urged Cabinet to close down the Gold Pass scheme for new MPs and curb its use for existing MPs.
One option is banning holiday travel.
There is a fierce battle inside the Government, with some MPs desperate to keep the scheme.
Travel documents also show former National Party leader Ian Sinclair and his family took 112 flights between January 2009 and June this year costing $46,000, including 24 flights to the holiday resort of Lord Howe Island where he has a cottage.
Millionaire former Howard minister Geoff Prosser has charged taxpayers $28,000 for 40 flights between Perth and Broome.