The Abbott Age of Entitlement

There is a short list which shows Tony Abbott has claimed over $84,000 in dubious travel expenses for his travel while volunteering, running, riding swimming and attending major sports events. But not a word is spoken.

via ImpUte: Abbott’s age of entitlement: Tony’s Top Twenty-five.

 

Abbott FKD

(1) http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/04/election-campaign-cars-carbon-tax
(2)  http://www.donrandallmp.com/Newsroom/MediaReleases/tabid/89/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1439/Abbott-trackside-for-real-action-in-Pinjarra.aspx

‘Cheap at twice the price’. The Prime Minister and Big Pharma

‘Cheap at twice the price’.

http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2013/09/13/cheap-at-twice-the-price-the-prime-minister-and-big-pharma/

Is it appropriate – or ethical – for the Prime Minister and Pollie Pedal to continue their association with AMGEN?
The US company, AMGEN is the world’s leading manufacturer of Aranesp and Epogen, synthetic versions of a drug called erythropoietin (EPO) which is used to stimulate red blood cell production in anaemic people but which is expressly banned in world sport because it enhances oxygen uptake. AMGEN’s sponsorship of the Tour of California earlier this year was criticised as “inappropriate” because EPO’s association with cycling is dubious.
The Australian branch of AMGEN – the world’s largest biotechnology company – has been the major sponsor of Pollie Pedal since 2007. In 2013 that sponsorship was valued at $80,000 .

How the taxpayer helped Tony Abbott flog Battlelines

Beating The Drum Opinion by Glenn Milne:

How the taxpayer helped Tony Abbott flog Battlelines – The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Here are two communications, available openly on the Department of Finance website so far ( FOI requests have recently been made difficult or impossible since the new government) – the —-{redacted}—- edits are just blocks of black texta on the original documents censoring various things the public shouldn’t see…http://www.finance.gov.au/foi/disclosure-log/2013/docs/foi-13-32-document-4A.pdf

________________________________________________________________________

 

Australian Government
Department of Finance and Deregulation
The Hon Tony Abbott MP
Leader of the Opposition
Member for Warringah
PO Box 450
Manly NSW 2095

Dear Mr Abbott

On 28 July 2010, The Drum website published an article (the article) which alleges that [you] used taxpayer money to promote [your] 2009 book, Battlelines. The article details occasions where the dates of [your] national book promotion tour coincided with dates you have claimed travel entitlements. I have attached a copy of the article for your information.
—-{redacted}—-

In summary, the article alleges that you accessed your entitlements in relation to promotional events for your book Battlelines as follows:

Date Event Description Travel Claimed
30/07/09 [A]ddress the National Press Club (NPC) to discuss Battlelines – Flights – Sydney to Canberra return
03/08/09 —–Dymocks bookstore “Dinner Event” – Flights-Sydney to Melbourne return
06/08/09 Liberal Party Book Club Event – Flights -Sydney to Melbourne return
11 /08/09 [Appearance at the Brisbane Institute – Flights -Sydney to Brisbane return (with stopover in Canberra on 12/08/09)
14/08/09 [E]vent co-sponsored by The West Australian newspaper and Dymocks – Flights-Sydney to Perth return

The article also alleges that you used Commonweath cars and drivers in relation to these events.

We also note that records held by the Department of Finance and Deregulation (Finance), as tabled in Parliament and available on Finance’s website at
wvvw.finance.gov.au/publications/parliamentarians-reporting/index .html. show that you received travelling allowance for your stay in Melbourne on 6 August 2009, the date on which the article claims you attended a Liberal Party Book Club Event.

In accordance with the Protocol Followed When An Allegation Is Received Of Alleged misuse Of Entitlement By A Senator Or Member, I am writing to you to outline the entitlements that may have been accessed in relation to this matter and to seek your comments on your use of these entitlements. The possible entitlements that may have been accessed in this matter include :

• travel at Government expense, under clause 2.1 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2006118 (Determination 2006/18), which provides that, [a] senator or member when travelling within Australia, excluding the external territories, on parliamentary, electorate or official business but not including party business (other than meetings of a parliamentary political party, or of its executive, or of its committees, and the national conference of a political party, of which he or she is a member), shall be entitled to travel at government expense;

• car transport. under clause 3.1 of Determination 2006118, which provides that, [a] senator or member shall be provided with car transport at government expense when travelling on parliamentary business, but not including party business (other than meetings of a parliamentary political party, or of its executive, or of its committees, and the national conference of a political party, of which he or she is a member) :
(a) for direct travel between his or her home, electorate office or place of business and the nearest airport or railway station:
(b) in Canberra and locations within a 30 kilometre radius ofParliament House ;
(c) in and between other capital cities and regional centres. except within the city in which a senator or member resides or has an electorate office: and
(d) on visits in the course of parliamentary committee business; and

• travelling allowance. under clause 2.25 of Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2009111, which provides an allowance … when travelling in the performance of duties or functions connected with the office of Shadow Minister.
I would appreciate it if you would provide me with your comments on your use of entitlements in this matter.

Yours sincerely

Deborah Lopert
Acting Assistant Secretary
Legal Services Branch
Corporate Services Division
19 August 2010
Australian Government
Department of Finance and Deregulation

http://www.finance.gov.au/foi/disclosure-log/2013/docs/foi-13-32-document-4B.pdf

— Office of the Hon. Tony Abbott MP Leader of the Opposition 29 October 2010

Ms Deborah Lopert
Acting Assistant Secretary
Corporate Services Division
Department of Finance and Deregulation
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Ms Lopert

Thank you for your letter dated 26 August 2010 in which you sought Mr Abbott’s comments regarding allegations on the ABC ‘ s The Drum website concerning the promotion of his book Battlelines and the use or travel entitlements. Mr Abbott has asked me to respond on his behalf in my capacity as Chief of Staff.

Upon receipt or your letter, the office has carefully reviewed all travel related to the time period specified. While it was prior to his election as Leader of the Opposition and my employment, records are clear that —-{redacted}—- and this arrangement was made clear-— {redacted}—-.

In relation to the five occasions referred to in your letter (30 July 2009 to address the National Press Club in Canberra; 3 August 2009 at a Dymock ‘ s bookstore in Melbourne: 6 August 2009 at a Liberal Party Book Club event in Melbourne; 11 August 2009 at the Brisbane Institute in Brisbane and 14 August 2009 at an event in Perth), I can confirm that travel was related to the promotion of Battlelines and on all occasions. —-{redacted}—-Furthermore, it should be noted that the fact that Mr Abbott did not claim travel allowance associated with this travel. with the exception of 6 August 2009 where portfolio business was the primary purpose of the travel, indicate this understanding within the office .

In reviewing this matter, I have also been made aware of a further trip on 12 August 2009—-{redacted}—-. Therefore there are six occasions where —-{redacted}—-.costs associated with airline travel to promote Mr Abbott’s book .
From my investigation, it would appear that while the office was aware of—-{redacted}—-.and flights were inadvertently booked as official travel, rather than private through HRG. —-{redacted}—- and I enclose a full repayment of all outstanding costs—-{redacted}—-amount of $6.255.49

l would appreciate your confirmation that these monies have been received in writing and that this matter is resolved. Please contact me if there are further queries in relation to this matter.

Yours sincerely

Peta Credlin
Chief of Staff

__________________________________________________________________________

In 2010, Mr Abbott claimed $9,400 in travel expenses while promoting his book Battlelines. The money was later repaid by the book’s publisher, Melbourne University Press.

Get us a drink, love, we’re going to need it

Get us a drink

The inimitable Mike Carlton:

Sonic waves from Queen’s We Will Rock You are splitting the very air apart when I find the new senator at his country home somewhere to the north-west of Narrabri.

The noise explodes from the sound system of a 1974 LH Holden Torana repainted in the colours of a Cadbury chocolate wrapper. Jacked up in the overgrown front yard, the car has wheels possibly salvaged from the undercarriage of a 747. Greasy blue jeans and a battered pair of Blundstone boots protrude from beneath it.

After some prompting, Senator-elect Jayson Dropkic, the sole representative of the hitherto little-known We Like Lots Of Loud Noise And Hooning Down The Main Street Chucking Doughnuts On Saturday Night Party emerges and switches off the racket. A beefy man in his late thirties, give or take, his bare upper body is an impressive gallery of tatts; his hair, thinning in front, finishes at the back in the sort of mullet unseen east of the Blue Mountains since about 1980. Puzzled by my appearance, he nonetheless extends an oily paw for a handshake and introductions.

“Congratulations on your win,” I tell him.

“Me what?”

“Your win in the election. You’re the newest senator for NSW.”

“Shit, am I ? We weren’t watching the TV on Saturday night.” He grins broadly and turns to holler in the direction of the weatherboard cottage. “Hey Darl,” he yells. “There’s a bloke here from the media sez I’ve won the election.”

Darl joins us, as blonde as it is possible to be.

“This is me partner Shayna,” says the senator. The kids are with her. They are Chablis and Harisyn, Jaxxon and Kyteisha, and the five-year old twins Kahlua and Midori, awkward and shy in the sunshine. We repair to the verandah.

“Get us a drink love?”

Shayna returns with cans of Smirnoff Double Black, ice cold, which she cracks open with a practised wrist.

“And what made you run for election, Jayson?” I ask.

“I bloody well didn’t mate. We were having a few down the Commercial one night …”

Shayna corrects him. “Wasn’t the Commercial, luv. It was the Rissole.”

“Orright, the Rissole. We were all a bit snakes, like, when this bloke I met at the Summernats a few years back asks me do I wanna join his political party and run for Parliament. Fair dinkum, I didn’t give a bugger either way, but I been out of work ever since I lost me job changing tyres at Bob Jane’s last year so I said OK. And he put me in.”

We take another pull at the Double Blacks.

“And now you’re off to Canberra,” I say.

“Eh?”

“The Senate. In Canberra.”

“Nah mate. I’m a NSW senator. It’s that joint in Sydney in Macquarie Street, innit?”

After a lot more explanation over a good many more Double Blacks, I take my leave. The senator assures me he will do his best for people and state, supporting the Abbott government when he believes its policies to be in the national interest.

What a splendid thing democracy is. Oh, to be a fly on the wall at Senator Dropkic’s first negotiation with those two Liberal Party exquisites in the red chamber, George “Soapy” Brandis and Erica von Abetz

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Snollygostering

snol·ly·gos·ter
n. Slang
One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles.
(Perhaps alteration of snallygaster, a mythical beast said to prey on poultry and children [and african slaves ], perhaps from Pennsylvania Dutch schnelle geeschter : Middle High German snl, quick (from Old High German) + Middle High German geist, spirit (from Old High German).

snollygoster
One, especially a politician who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles.

The origin is unknown, though the Oxford English Dictionary suggests it may be linked to snallygoster, which some suppose to derive from the German schnelle Geister, literally a fast-moving ghost, and which was a mythical monster of vast size — half reptile, half bird — supposedly found in Maryland, and which was invented to terrify ex-slaves out of voting.

A Georgia editor kindly explains that “a snollygoster is a fellow who wants office, regardless of party, platform or principles, and who, whenever he wins, gets there by the sheer force of monumental talknophical assumnacy”.
Columbus Dispatch, Ohio, 28 Oct. 1895.

Anyone We Know…?

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