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Bronwyn Bishop and the trough of entitlement

By John Hargreaves - 3 August 2015 42

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Hi there from the Apple Isle. I’m doing a Grumpy Old Grandad’s Terror Tour of Tassie with an old mate of mine.  He’s 75 and I’m a bit younger.

The trip down the Hume Highway was great – easy as!

The trip across the ditch on the boat was another thing altogether. Sick as!

A lay over in north Tassie saw us refreshed and off down the east coast, sucking in great scenery, eating great food and talking to the two-headed locals.

Here in Tassie, they talk about all things local: the footy, the weather and things that irritate them.

Tassie TV is interesting!  With the usual dog bites man stories where untold misery is afflicting the populace, there is interest in things federally political. Bronnie is all over Tassie!

Such a sad face doing the act of contrition two weeks after confession finished in the Church of Popular Opinion.

For old Laborites, she is the gift who keeps on giving. Just because she fell on her sceptre, doesn’t mean she won’t be the source of distraction all the way to the election.

I was watching The Drum the other night and a bloke there reminded me of when Bronnie was in the senate and performing at the senate estimates committees. He reminded us that she vilified, badgered and bullied public servants, diminishing them for their snouts being in the trough. What goes around, comes around.

Well, what is it about going to fundraisers in a chopper, getting the taxpayer to pay for the transport to some friends’ weddings (but paying back months after the event and only after being sprung), drinking out of an official gift tea seli gift to the Parliament from the Queen, a thousand bucks of limo travel in a day, doesn’t smack of a hooter in the trough?

What is it about using the speaker’s office as a fundraising venue didn’t she get?

Here are a couple of reasons why she had to go.

She had her nose firmly stuck in the trough of entitlement. She has been sprung and found guilty of misusing her office to a greater degree than Peter Slipper who had the grace to stand aside while being investigated.

She continually delivers a distraction to government policies and propaganda.

She has lost the confidence of too many of her colleagues.

She showed the most political partisanship in this high office unparralelled in history.

I was an assistant speaker for many years and met many speakers from both persuasions right across the Commonwealth. All of them had my respect as guardians of the dignity of the parliament.

The biggest sin for which she should have resigned is her abrogation of her sacred duty to the parliament itself. She was the most partisan speaker in 600 years.

Unforgiveable.

Unlike the ACT, bless us all, Tassie is not a Labor stronghold. It is bi-political and quite swinging in its political preferences. But they know a scandal when they see one. This had the smell of political roadkill in the air! The body is on the side of the road.

But again, as an old Laborite, I don’t want her going anywhere. Just as I don’t want Captn Tony going anywhere.

I can wait for the election to run its own course. The punter put Tony et al, including Bronnie, in, and he will pay dearly for the blight he has brought to our doorsteps.

The quote of the week has to go to Gerard Henderson on a breakfast program on Thursday, when talking about his new book on B.A.Santamaria. Gerard said “he was born at a very young age.”!

Go Gerard!

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Bronwyn Bishop and the trough of entitlement
dungfungus 6:34 pm 03 Aug 15

vintage123 said :

dungfungus said :

london said :

What a disgrace for Australia she is. One has to think Tony Abbott must have promised her protection if she helped the Liberals. A biased Speaker in parliament is also a disgrace to present to the world. Let’s have an independent speaker who the people of Australia can be proud. Bronwyn Bishop should be charged with fraud because she knew what the rules were. She certainly had her nose in the trough.

Yes, it rivals the Craig Thomson affair without the criminal issues.

Hold your horses there Dunga, if Infact the speaker officially signed as a delegate, thereby exercising authority under the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines, and the delegates due diligence was not undertaken, I.e mandatory value for money assessment, then by all means, such a delegation is subject to investigation.
commonwealth procurement guidelines 2015

What’s your point? I din’t imply that she would not be investigated.

vintage123 6:32 pm 03 Aug 15

Hey john, surely you are edjumakated enuff to know the relevance of the quote “I was born at a very young age”, and who is famous for quoting it.

It’s not hard to link this quote with that same persons third most famous quote, which Gerard may have been eluding too, “please accept my resignation, I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as members”, but then again it was all about his book release and therefore this persons most famous quote is more likely the Segway “a likely story – and probably true”.

Or has it all sailed smoothly over your head?

Groucho Marx 1890 – 1977

John Hargreaves 6:24 pm 03 Aug 15

Guys, this is not about a Government or an Opposition. It is not about ministers or backbenchers rorting their entitlements. It is about the SPEAKER!

This office is the paramount position in the parliament. The position is supposed to be the embodiment of the dignity of the people’s parliament.

It is supposed to be above partisan participation in debates. It is supposed to chair debates without fear or favour.

Think back to previous Speakers if you will and you will remember nothing. And so it should be!

Ms Bishop has not only been a partisan Speaker taking party room po!itics into the chair, she has abused the privileges that the office delivered. Her sense of elitism has had no parallel in my memory.

She has been an awful Speaker, a bullying senator and an elitist without peer!

Phillip Ruddock on the other hand is a real gentleman, skilled in parliamentary practice, skilled in ministerial experience and parliamentary experience over decades. He is respected on both sides of the house for an inherent integrity and a solemnity befitting the dignity of the parliament.

I, for one, having served on ministerial councils with him, hope the Libs have the sense to elevate him to the office of Speaker which he deserves.

vintage123 5:28 pm 03 Aug 15

JC said :

dungfungus said :

rosscoact said :

I don’t think you have to be a Labor person to conclude this is the most inept government since Federation and Abbott has the worst political judgement of any Prime Minister in living memory.

It depends on what you are commenting on.
If it is about Bishop then yes, Abbott should have pressured her to resign much earlier given that he couldn’t fire her. But then Gillard defended and supported Craig Thomson much longer and I don’t recall the same level of bile being directed at her.
As for the current government being inept, if you consider that Australia has a AAA credit rating, the lowest mortgage rates in recent history, manageable unemployment rates, has regained control of our borders, introduced globally competitive trade agreements, has repaired political differences with our neighbours and is borrowing less money per day than the previous government, well you would have to say ten out of ten.
Everything in politics is relative.

AAA credit rating obtained by previous governments fiscal policies in particular the stimulus that kept us out of the GFC. Now at risk due to current government policies.

Low mortage rates, is that a good thing or bad. Seems when in oppoisition the Liebrals were saying this is a bad things, show the economy is up the creek, yada yada yada, but now good.

Unemployment manageable. Well depends what you consider managable, but the trend is unemployment rising.

Borders under control. Were they ever out of control? A few thousand refugees is hardly out of control, but if you call dog whislting to bogans an acheivement, then yes job done.

FTA’s with other countries. All started under the previous government, and in some cases the last Liebral government. So really a bipartisan acheivement, though some appear to have been signed in haste.

Borrowing less per day? Really, how can that be when the debt has increased signicantly?

Everything in politics is relative. Yep can agree with this statement.

Ok I am going to bite.

The mining boom and the liberal surplus kept us out of the GFC. Labour just spent it.

Low interest rates equal low inflation. Inflation and consumer confidence are the monitors for market strength.

Unemployment is surprisingly steady when you consider australias reliance on iron ore to fuel GDP.

Yes the boarders were unsecured during the labour government, as 50000 illegal immigrants arrived by boat. 50k is alot of unauthorised people arriving. Luckily they did not have weapons.

Borrowing less per day because they are spending less per day, so you don’t need a math degree to work that out.

The FTAs have been signed under the current government, something the previous government could not obtain.

JC 4:39 pm 03 Aug 15

dungfungus said :

rosscoact said :

I don’t think you have to be a Labor person to conclude this is the most inept government since Federation and Abbott has the worst political judgement of any Prime Minister in living memory.

It depends on what you are commenting on.
If it is about Bishop then yes, Abbott should have pressured her to resign much earlier given that he couldn’t fire her. But then Gillard defended and supported Craig Thomson much longer and I don’t recall the same level of bile being directed at her.
As for the current government being inept, if you consider that Australia has a AAA credit rating, the lowest mortgage rates in recent history, manageable unemployment rates, has regained control of our borders, introduced globally competitive trade agreements, has repaired political differences with our neighbours and is borrowing less money per day than the previous government, well you would have to say ten out of ten.
Everything in politics is relative.

AAA credit rating obtained by previous governments fiscal policies in particular the stimulus that kept us out of the GFC. Now at risk due to current government policies.

Low mortage rates, is that a good thing or bad. Seems when in oppoisition the Liebrals were saying this is a bad things, show the economy is up the creek, yada yada yada, but now good.

Unemployment manageable. Well depends what you consider managable, but the trend is unemployment rising.

Borders under control. Were they ever out of control? A few thousand refugees is hardly out of control, but if you call dog whislting to bogans an acheivement, then yes job done.

FTA’s with other countries. All started under the previous government, and in some cases the last Liebral government. So really a bipartisan acheivement, though some appear to have been signed in haste.

Borrowing less per day? Really, how can that be when the debt has increased signicantly?

Everything in politics is relative. Yep can agree with this statement.

rosscoact 3:26 pm 03 Aug 15

Evilomlap said :

rosscoact said :

I don’t think you have to be a Labor person to conclude this is the most inept government since Federation and Abbott has the worst political judgement of any Prime Minister in living memory.

I don’t think I’d use the term ‘inept’, rather I think they are far better at being reactive rather than getting in front of issues. They are still firmly in the Opposition mindset. I’d agree though that Mr Abbott is among the worst Liberal leaders I can remember, and perhaps even since the formation of the party. But I’ll leave history and the next election to be the ultimate judge of that.

I will say though, the whole blue tie vs red tie thing that came into effect at the last election is an example of the astounding level of immaturity that pervades both sides of government at present. This country is being run by a bunch of children. And the second any ‘issue’ presents itself that will distract the general public from the real issues and clog up everyone’s newsfeeds with idiotic ‘memes’ rather than anything of substance, both sides jump on it with an enthusiasm similar to throwing a leg of lamb into a room full of Beagle puppies.

Yeah, fair points.

The partisan split is just appalling and there’s no doubt it’s getting worse. The big losers of this is the people and we’re heading towards the situation where no matter how good an idea is, if the other side thought of it first it’s forever tainted.

John Moulis 2:40 pm 03 Aug 15

Cue the comments about national issues vs local issues…

Evilomlap 2:35 pm 03 Aug 15

rosscoact said :

I don’t think you have to be a Labor person to conclude this is the most inept government since Federation and Abbott has the worst political judgement of any Prime Minister in living memory.

I don’t think I’d use the term ‘inept’, rather I think they are far better at being reactive rather than getting in front of issues. They are still firmly in the Opposition mindset. I’d agree though that Mr Abbott is among the worst Liberal leaders I can remember, and perhaps even since the formation of the party. But I’ll leave history and the next election to be the ultimate judge of that.

I will say though, the whole blue tie vs red tie thing that came into effect at the last election is an example of the astounding level of immaturity that pervades both sides of government at present. This country is being run by a bunch of children. And the second any ‘issue’ presents itself that will distract the general public from the real issues and clog up everyone’s newsfeeds with idiotic ‘memes’ rather than anything of substance, both sides jump on it with an enthusiasm similar to throwing a leg of lamb into a room full of Beagle puppies.

vintage123 1:40 pm 03 Aug 15

vintage123 said :

dungfungus said :

london said :

What a disgrace for Australia she is. One has to think Tony Abbott must have promised her protection if she helped the Liberals. A biased Speaker in parliament is also a disgrace to present to the world. Let’s have an independent speaker who the people of Australia can be proud. Bronwyn Bishop should be charged with fraud because she knew what the rules were. She certainly had her nose in the trough.

Yes, it rivals the Craig Thomson affair without the criminal issues.

Hold your horses there Dunga, if Infact the speaker officially signed as a delegate, thereby exercising authority under the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines, and the delegates due diligence was not undertaken, I.e mandatory value for money assessment, then by all means, such a delegation is subject to investigation.
commonwealth procurement guidelines 2015

Here ya go,
http://www.finance.gov.au/procurement/travel-and-related-services/

vintage123 1:35 pm 03 Aug 15

dungfungus said :

london said :

What a disgrace for Australia she is. One has to think Tony Abbott must have promised her protection if she helped the Liberals. A biased Speaker in parliament is also a disgrace to present to the world. Let’s have an independent speaker who the people of Australia can be proud. Bronwyn Bishop should be charged with fraud because she knew what the rules were. She certainly had her nose in the trough.

Yes, it rivals the Craig Thomson affair without the criminal issues.

Hold your horses there Dunga, if Infact the speaker officially signed as a delegate, thereby exercising authority under the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines, and the delegates due diligence was not undertaken, I.e mandatory value for money assessment, then by all means, such a delegation is subject to investigation.
commonwealth procurement guidelines 2015

Madam Cholet 1:31 pm 03 Aug 15

I’m not sure that the ACT should be any longer described as a ‘Labor stronghold’. It is only care of the one green this time around that things did not go pear shaped for them. And I don’t particularly feel blessed for it thanks very much. Not that I am nailing any other colours to the mast here.

The issue with Bronwyn Bishop, in addition to the sense of entitlement is her sense of self-importance – that she must get to these fundraisers come what may (in the shape of a helicopter ride obviously), because ‘they want me! Me you hear, ME!’. Me Me Me. You can see it in her demeanour.

I heard on News24 this morning that she was taking short charter flights as far back as the 80s in one instance to get from a fundraiser to a dog show….

dungfungus 1:23 pm 03 Aug 15

rosscoact said :

I don’t think you have to be a Labor person to conclude this is the most inept government since Federation and Abbott has the worst political judgement of any Prime Minister in living memory.

It depends on what you are commenting on.
If it is about Bishop then yes, Abbott should have pressured her to resign much earlier given that he couldn’t fire her. But then Gillard defended and supported Craig Thomson much longer and I don’t recall the same level of bile being directed at her.
As for the current government being inept, if you consider that Australia has a AAA credit rating, the lowest mortgage rates in recent history, manageable unemployment rates, has regained control of our borders, introduced globally competitive trade agreements, has repaired political differences with our neighbours and is borrowing less money per day than the previous government, well you would have to say ten out of ten.
Everything in politics is relative.

dungfungus 11:58 am 03 Aug 15

london said :

What a disgrace for Australia she is. One has to think Tony Abbott must have promised her protection if she helped the Liberals. A biased Speaker in parliament is also a disgrace to present to the world. Let’s have an independent speaker who the people of Australia can be proud. Bronwyn Bishop should be charged with fraud because she knew what the rules were. She certainly had her nose in the trough.

Yes, it rivals the Craig Thomson affair without the criminal issues.

rosscoact 11:52 am 03 Aug 15

I don’t think you have to be a Labor person to conclude this is the most inept government since Federation and Abbott has the worst political judgement of any Prime Minister in living memory.

london 11:47 am 03 Aug 15

What a disgrace for Australia she is. One has to think Tony Abbott must have promised her protection if she helped the Liberals. A biased Speaker in parliament is also a disgrace to present to the world. Let’s have an independent speaker who the people of Australia can be proud. Bronwyn Bishop should be charged with fraud because she knew what the rules were. She certainly had her nose in the trough.

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