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Bob Lee
Pigsfly Newspaper launched Jan 2016
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Until all travel expenses are published online in real time - absolutely nothing will change. For decades politicians have treated the Australian Taxpayer as mugs. This nebulous claim that are all too busy to detail the purpose and cost of each trip is simply bullsh*t. The only way to curb the
"Entitlements Mentality" is to immediately demand and apply full transparency and accountability for ALL TRAVEL EXPENSES - no ifs no buts. Every trip must be published online in real time not the current fiasco that at best is 6 months in areas and often far worse. While we are fixing that system let us be clearly told in real time – what is the purpose of the trip and what is the expected actual benefit to the taxpayer, not the politician – and not some bullsh*t political hackney catch all phrase or two.
http://pigsfly.info/2016/04/18/petition-prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-reject-2016-report-independent-committee-review-parliamentarians-entitlements/


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While Michaella Whitbourn is partly right about ICAC however she completely misses the elephant in the room. The last so called independent review of politicians entitlements was any thing but independent. The tokenistic review DID NOT make Politicians Business Expenses (Entitlements) accountable or transparent. In fact it reaffirmed the absolute right of all politicians to have sole discretion on how in what way they spend taxpayer’s money on their so called entitlements (that supposed to be Business Expenses). Until all politicians are forced to publish in real time the purpose and expected benefit for every travel expense these rorts will continue to be the gravy train they have morphed into. http://pigsfly.info/2016/04/18/petition-prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-reject-2016-report-independent-committee-review-parliamentarians-entitlements/

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The 2016 Report on the Independent Committee's Review of Politician's Entitlements underp[ions Sussan Ley's attitudes and behaviours. To label this report as mind-numbing, contemptuous, brazen, greedy, a further reiteration of outrageous rorts and rip-offs is an understatement.We (you) have the perfect time and opportunity to force meaningful change to all politicians so called "entitlements" (work expenses).

Demand this useless self-serving report be heavily amended with meaningful recommendations that will ensure "full transparency" and "full accountability" of all politicians travel allowances and operating costs which are then published on-line in real time (never less than 7 days in arrears). Entitlement (work expense) reports are more than nine months in arrears - why?

When they have time to lean (political party meetings, et..,)
they have time to clean (keep records up-to-date and publish on-line).

Change will only occur through tireless efforts of folk like you.
http://pigsfly.info/2016/05/29/pollie-perks-greedy-vs-needy/

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the big four Australian banks and Macquarie have been named as defendants. Separately in Australia, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission is suing National Australia Bank, ANZ and Westpac for allegedly rigging the bank bill swap rate.

The banks' lawyers argue the alleged rigging of the SIBOR and the swap offer rate (SOR) took place outside the US.

"All of the foreign defendants are headquartered in and organised under the laws of a foreign country – in Europe, Asia, or Australia," the banks argue.

"For each of the foreign defendants, their contacts with the United States and New York (if any) represent a comparatively small portion of their global business operations," the banks add. 

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Yet again, another travel expenses rort and the ongoing political speak (code word for bullsh*t) "sorry an error of judgement". What Susan Ley and all politicians don't get is that we (you and I) want total real time accountability and transparency. None of this "so sorry it was an error of judgement" four trips later when they are publicly named and shamed. Moreover imagine rorting Centrelink for $12,000 odd dollars - would they accept "so sorry it was an error of judgement!" I think not.http://pigsfly.info/2016/04/18/petition-prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-reject-2016-report-independent-committee-review-parliamentarians-entitlements/

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"The Transport Minister [Andrew Constance] is boasting this as a win for the public, but is failing to make clear how the free Wi-Fi is being paid for, burying the 'catch' in the fine print," she said.

"Not making it clear to tens of thousands of bus commuters that they'll be signing up to hand over their personal information to a private company is simply irresponsible."

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competition policy, for example, has been a miserable failure, especially from the point of view of most of the electorate, where they feel ripped off by banks, supermarkets, communications and power companies, and in buying staples such as petrol, where the concentration of economic power has become a major factor.

Their household budgets have also been strained by the failures of various government policies in areas such as housing (including rents), planning, transport, health insurance, child care, superannuation, and so on.

And all of this is compounded for most households, by weakening growth (perhaps even a recession), mounting job insecurity, with historically poor wages growth, while the few at the top end of town are, in many cases, obscenely compensated, and where major corporates are able to treat taxation pretty much as a choice.

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Meanwhile, the crop of retiring and defeated politicians at the last election was thick with those going out on six-figure pensions for life under the excessive "old" parliamentary scheme. And then there are the copious jobs for the boys and girls as defeated pollies are appointed to government boards and positions, never mind the double-dipping example of Joe Hockey's rich parliamentary pension as well as his rich Washington ambassadorship, plus perks.

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