T Sharples, Tweed Heads.
Beaming Bill’s (Shorten) ALP leadership threat is gone. He’s now on his way according to the media to the destiny of becoming our next PM after Labor’s Super Saturday win.
Five House of Representative seats were involved: one due to retirement (Perth); the other four because of the constitutional eligibility of the sitting members.
In the critical outer Brisbane seat of Longman, Pauline Hanson turned up as a cardboard cut-out for which extra police protection was requested. Absurd as American politics! Meanwhile the real Pauline gallivanted about on an overseas holiday whilst LNP and Hanson supporters plastered electoral material all over the place about Bill’s lies.
The bill for Saturday’s entertainment, based on the recent Bennelong and New England by-elections (for the same falsification of eligibility) will cost the Australian taxpayer about $ 8 million. Did Beaming Bill Lie by omission? He sure as hell knew the above 3 members of his party did (after the fact) and covered it up for several months. The essential point Fizzer Mal failed to get across the punters and will undoubtedly pay the cost for.
Now come the electoral funding payouts to political parties. Based on the 2016 Federal Election the weekend by-elections, excluding Perth (at the current funding rate of now $2.734 per vote) will be over $1.1 million dollars.
On top of which, the three lying Labor members and one former lying SA Xenophon candidate (all of whom signed a false statement to AEC about their constitutional eligibility back in 2016) will not lose a $1 in salary and their respective parties will in fact be rewarded with a further $343,000 for contesting in a by-election.
Bottom line is that if a director of a company in Australia makes a false statement the Australian Securities Commission applies to the court for an order seeking imprisonment for fraud along with heavy fines and court costs that often run into millions.
But Aussie pollies face no gaol or fines or cost to clean up their mess, not even investigation; they’re fully paid for lying and their party is rewarded with extra taxpayer funds.
Some of us look over the sea to America’s seemingly crazy political system, but at least they have a system that investigates and prosecutes ratbag pollies, even up to their President. What do we have and can it get worse?
Well instead of Hanson, Latham and Beaming Bill. How about Hanson, Abbott and Beaming Bill for 2019.
They could all turn up as Cardboard Cut-Outs whilst overseas, in case things go wrong and still pocket the cash?