In the wake of the “entitlements” scandal now involving more coalition MPs than just the Speaker, this is how some of Australia’s best cartoonists recorded the proceedings.
What MPs have to realise is that they are not “entitled” to anything. Their job is to serve their constituents. Remember them? They are the ones that elected you! Most seem to have forgotten this, until re-election time. There should be no automatic entitlement. Family holidays at the taxpayer’s expense? I’d would like to see if I can get onto that sort of junket? I think not! Politicians should pay their expenses out of their own pocket and then claim reimbursement. If they don’t pass the community expectation test, they don’t get reimbursed. There should also be limits on expenses commensurate with the politician’s position in the parliament.
In real terms politicians will only review this issue in a half-hearted manner, as they all stand to lose as a result of any review carried out. They just want this matter to go away so they can get their snouts back into the public purse.
Now we have an action before the High Court, with a number of retired politicians wanting to increase their entitlements! Even when they are separated from public office or politics, their snouts are still in the trough! Heaven forbid!
Both sides of parliament are likely to be affected by any change in entitlements. This is one of the only things that both sides of the House would be “united” on.