I suppose they needed to understand obscene waste first hand so they could understand the problem.
What else are they getting away with? And the first thing this government does is crack down on those below the poverty line?
Still not as wasteful as a million a year for one offshore detention torture victim, and the millions more we'll have to fork out in compensation to them, and the squillions we'll spend in and out of court defending the deplorables who order and run the concentration camps. So I suppose that's something.
The LNP has basically admitted it isn't organized enough to be trusted with national security issues by anyone other than a moron.
(Dare I suggest that the American government and the defence contractors have more say in strategic decisions than any Australian parliamentarian?)
Probably someone positive for Toxo antibodies.
Has there ever been an Attorney General in ANY jurisdiction that labels itself as a Westminster system that has shown such malice towards the fundamental processes of proper government and procedural fairness? (The Guardian)
Burke to Turnbull: Just days before caretaker, the attorney-general [George Brandis] announced 37 new appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. During Senate estimates last night it was revealed none of these positions were advertised, there was no merit-based selection process or departmental advice. None of the candidates were recommended by department. There was no consideration of any conflicts of interest. Given the 37 jobs have a salary of up to $370,000 each year, does the PM consider this process acceptable?
Turnbull: The appointment of Australians to offices of this kind is a very important responsibility of government. The government takes that responsibility very seriously. The attorney general is an officeholder of considerable discernment. I have no doubt that all the persons appointed were excellently qualified for the position that they have been selected for.
(Turnbull better watch out ... Brandis might just decide replace the entire HCA overnight with those who will say that the Attorney General can pre-empt or override any and all decisions of parliament, the executive, or the High Court. Honestly, it is hard to figure out where Brandis would draw the line.)
(And even if you don't read it all, but are an AFL fan, scroll down to the photo of Bartel and Ablett ... when Ablett was a blond-mopped moppet)
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