LNP trough snouting!

LNP trough snouting!

It’s amazing to me that, finally, the journos in this country have decided that they will cast a casual eye over the LNP, and their expenses.images

The truth is that the fifth estate has been highlighting these issues for most of the last term of government, while Abbott was “Pollie pedalling” his way, from his alleged volunteering, and “charity work” straight to the expenses claims office.

Now maybe it’s out of sheer boredom, as a result of the Abbott’s silence, over many of the issues that previously occupied their front pages and headlines for much of the last two terms, or maybe it’s because now that their job of helping to get the government that Murdoch and the big end of town wanted, is done, they have decided to actually report some news? Β  What a novelty?

The thing is though, that Abbott ran on a platform that included “stopping the waste”, most of which, it appears, can be directly related to LNP expenses claims? Β  😯

 Photo: Rebecca Hallas

Photo: Rebecca Hallas

We know that weddings are a particular area of trough snouting by the LNP, and it has just come to light that as well as Sophie Mirabella’s wedding, Abbott also claimed expenses for attending Peter Slipper’s wedding too, where, as guest of honour, he held up proceedings by being late, and then as history has recorded, went out of his way to destroy Peter Slipper’s career.

The thing that we as a country should be more than a little concerned about is that George Brandis is now the highest law officer in the land, and is rewriting the code of conduct for MP’s… WTF?

This is the man who has his fingerprints all over the Craig Thomson affair where he (Thomson) has been chased to the point of stalking by the LNP, supported by the AFP and state police forces, predominantly Victoria’s, but also NSW’s, for misusing an HSU credit card.

Now apart from the fact that the pursuit of Thomson, borders on the obsessive, and that much of the evidence has been discredited, the truth is that there were no rules or guidelines Β attached to the use of the HSU credit cards at the time anyway… WTF?

So the question has to be asked; How can someone be charged with misusing something that had no rules or guidelines attached to its use?

Likewise for the Ashbygate affair, where Slipper was chased and hounded, primarily for the sake of the LNP getting Mal Brough back into parliament via Slipper’s safe LNP seat of Fisher.

The strange thing is that Brough, has had a cloud hanging over his head, over his previousimages time as a minister, and has, as a result of his actions in the Ashbygate conspiracy, been roundly condemned by Justice Steven Rares, with regards to the stealing of Slipper’s diary extracts and his involvement in trying to bring down a duly elected government through his associations with Ashby, Doane as well as others.

But I digress   😯

With past and present LNP MP’s, including the current AG, Brandis, justifying their use of tax payers funding their sojourns to mates weddings etc,Β despite some of them paying the money back, when being caught out, the question is if, as they claim, discussing politics or associating with politicians is reason enough for a legitimate claim, then surely Slipper could say that he talked about his job whilst visiting the winery’s that he has been charged over?

The fact that he was unable to access the Minchin Β protocol, when Abbott, Brandis, Joyce and many others have been able to pay back much more in their spurious claims than the $900 that Slipper has been charged over, shows a distinct disparity between the “In” crowd of the LNP and the “Out” crowd of the rest?

Now, the other area of concern WRT this issue of LNP Trough snouting is thatAbbott’s imagesmentor and hero, little Johnny Howard, and a number of other ex LNP PM’s have proven to be particularly expensive to maintain, Howard being a standout in this regard, and with his track record for subsidising his income with his expense account, Abbott may well be by far and away the most expensive of all?

And if as is widely predicted/hoped for, he is a one term PM, then he may well turn out to be a one man (?), long term budget emergency of monumental proportions.

And that’s not including the damage that he and his LNP cohorts can do to this country in one term?

So can we have confidence that the rorts will stop under the Abbott administration? Well if past behaviour is a predictor of future behaviour, the answer is a resoundingΒ NO!

Can we have confidence that Abbott will in fact stop the waste? Β Β NO!

Can we have any confidence that George Brandis will do anything other than manipulate the AFP and the legal system of this country for the primary benefit of the LNP and its supporters? Β NO!

Will Abbott, Brandis and Co stop the LNP trough snouting? Β Β 

NO… it’s in their DNA!

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52 Responses to LNP trough snouting!

  1. davo says:

    Great stuff, Mate. Well said.

    Whatever happened to, “So, ultimately the fiscal impact of popular programs must be brought to account no matter what the political values of the government are or how popular a spending program may be.
    Let me put it to you this way: The Age of Entitlement is over.”
    – Joe Hockey.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/national/the-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-20120419-1x8vj.html#ixzz2h4R4xdus

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  2. davo says:

    This just gets better –

    “Tony Abbott defends claiming travel expenses to compete in sporting events, including Pollie Pedal”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-08/abbott-defends-claiming-expenses-to-compete-in-sporting-events/5008456

    If it keeps up you’ll need a follow up post, Truthy.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Davo, there’s always the possibility of a follow up post with this mob. 😯

      I’m already thinking about one called “The Late Tony Abbott?” πŸ˜€ , as he seems to think that on the world stage, it’s perfectly acceptable to keep world leaders waiting πŸ˜‰

      What an arrogant pig of a PM we have, who is already making us look like an ignorant backwater 😯

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  3. Gilly says:

    It is all OK, Trashit has remained true to form. Defending his claims Trashit is not putting his defences in writing. So the respect he shows to the electorate is to not only lie in our faces but to openly admit he is lying.
    Avery good post on AusOpinion covering this topic
    http://ausopinion.com/2013/10/06/brandis-barnaby-and-co-travel-rorts-2-0/
    Truthie, I notice a good growth in new commentators on many of the blog sites. Good stuff.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Gilly, thanks for your comment πŸ˜€ and the link 😎

      Yes he treats us all with contempt, and it makes an absolute mockery of his claim of stopping the waste 😯

      Sadly there will be another three years of this if he can’t be forced to a DD 😦

      Yes their seems to be a lot more people looking for alternate options for information, and I thought there might be a dropping off of numbers of people blogging after the election… Silly me 😯

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  4. my say says:

    their is also the amount of $9000,he claimed for his charity riide while promoting his book battle lines, as was reported by margo kingston ,a while back ,but it was never reported by THE MSM,i wonder if it will be reported now, and how is he going to explain that one,

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      My say, thanks for your comment 😎

      Sadly, he’s got his prize now, so he really doesn’t care, as can be seen in the way he said this morning that he will still be claiming expenses for his Pollie pedal “Charity” ride.

      This country will be an absolute laughingstock with this piece of crap at the wheel. 😦

      part of me just wants to wish away the next three years, and go straight to the next election 😦

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  5. Fed up says:

    Love the gold plated pigs, with their snouts in the trough.

    Yes, Abbott justified his claims, as he was electioneering in marginal seats. Yes, electioneering from day one of the 2010 government.

    Who should pay for this?

    Suggest the Liberal Party.

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  6. Fed up says:

    How much did Abbott’s 24/7 photo ops, in up to three states in one day, cost the taxpayer?

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  7. Fed up says:

    If Abbott was claiming money, working as a politician, why did he lie, by saying he was there, working for charity?

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  8. Fed up says:

    All this, and the government three weeks, yes twenty one days old. Yes, and no date yet for resumption of parliament.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Fed up, thanks for your comments, 😎 and I am with you 100% πŸ˜€

      I just hope that every expense he has ever claimed comes to light, and he can no longer just fob it off πŸ˜‰

      The man (and I use the term loosely) is a sociopath, as he has no social conscience whatsoever 😯 and now he’s representing us on the world stage, and making world leaders wait for him πŸ™„ what a joke… on us 😯

      Keep up the good work πŸ˜€

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  9. diannaart says:

    Excellent. Except for what a pack of penny-pinching, mealy mouthed, over privileged parasites far too many politicians are, you may feel welcome to mention that, like, always.

    Have reached a new level of ennui I didn’t think possible.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Diannaart, thanks for your comment πŸ˜€

      Yes, the problem is that the pennies they are pinching are ours 😯 and it will be interesting to see how many tradies and other workers get audited over spurious claims for work expenses at the end of this current financial year, as the PM, and the AG have set the example, and made it perfectly clear that there is no moral requirement to be fair, decent or honest in their claims for expenses 😯

      Maybe for his pollie pedal, he should be made to fill out a log book to work out what percentage of the travel allowance he can actually claim? πŸ™„

      I know that mistakes can be made, but these examples are NOT mistakes, but blatant rorting. 😯

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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      • diannaart says:

        Indeed, Truthie.

        Fool me once, maybe it’s a mistake
        Fool me twice, maybe a coincidence
        Fool me three times…. There is no third time.

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        • Truth Seeker says:

          Diannaart, indeed 😎 But as I said before, they don’t care , as the nut-jobs are now running the asylum 😯

          Let’s hope that Abbott is stupid and arrogant enough to call a DD, or alternatively the senate can block supply and force the issue? πŸ˜€

          Cheers πŸ˜€

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  10. Gilly says:

    All these claims etc. were kept under wraps so as not to have any effect on the election. Get any reference to them out of way early in the term so that they may be forgotten before the next election. As for MSM, is this a way of saying “See we can report”, regain some confidence from the electorate before the next election, and then do another snow job?

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Gilly, isn’t it sad how we have all become so cynical about the MSM since their lies started, and will probably never trust them again? 😦

      They have no one to blame but themselves though, and I seriously believe that the fifth estate will become more and more relevant, as the print media in particular, becomes less and less. πŸ˜€

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  11. Fed up says:

    Abbott will not be around long. Have been saying that for a couple of years.

    This could be their way of getting rid of him. One cannot outsource the job to his chef adviser, Peta Credllin, and expect to last.

    I never gave Turnbull much hope of making a comeback, but looking at the noises he is making with NBNCo, I am not so sure.

    One explanation for what he is saying, he could be setting up Abbott.

    Week three now over.What can week four bring. Maybe more to the point, what will day 22 bring.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Fed up, with the LNP, it’s more about what the next five minutes will bring? πŸ˜€

      Abbott has already started to prove what an absolute dick he is on the world stage, and I fully expect that it will get worse by the hour. 😯

      I don’t really think Abbott needs to be set up, as he does a good job of stuffing himself up πŸ˜€

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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    • cuppa says:

      I agree with Fed Up. Cannot see Abbott lasting long. He’s a dud. The LNP won’t want to knife him (after their rivers of crocodile tears about KR). They’ll probably lean on him quietly to resign, citing “health reasons” or some such.

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      • Truth Seeker says:

        Cuppa, thanks for your comment 😎 I hope you are both right, but I honestly can’t see him just chucking it in over a tap on the shoulder. 😦

        The thing about the LNP is that they go where the money takes them, and the money is still backing Abbott 😯 that may change if he becomes too much of a liability, but I don’t see it happening in the short term, as he is Murdoch’s and Rinehart’s boy.

        But there is little if any poyalty in the LNP, as we have witnessed with the Ashbygate/ Slipper affair, so anything is possible I suppose πŸ˜‰

        Cheers πŸ˜€

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        • diannaart says:

          There is much value to be had in a typo. In fact, when travelling by train or tram I enjoy a little “deliberate dyslexia” – I can entertain myself at this game – wish I had enough memory and wit to remember some right now as I try to make the following point:

          OK, this is a long-winded way to point out the use of “poyaly” instead of “loyalty” – poyalty is what what the cashed up do to inspire loyalty in others – they pay them. Am expecting this new word to be entered into the Oxford Dictionary with alacrity.

          If we never made mistakes much of scientific discovery would be lost, artists would never be inspired and new words would never be invented.

          I await the pedants, bring ’em on.

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  12. Pandrstevenson1@bigpond.com says:

    The LNP have that many snouts in the trough they resemble a pig trough.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Pandrsteveson, welcome, and thanks for your comment πŸ˜€

      Yes they certainly know how to feed at the trough, and what’s even worse is that they are shameless about it 😯

      We can only hope that they can grow a collective conscience, but I won’t hold my breath 😦 as it’s in their DNA 😯

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  13. brickbob says:

    Thanks for this latest offering Truthie it is really good and oh so true. I urge anybody who knows the Beatle song ”Piggies” to have a listen to it again,honestly every time i sing it or play it the LNP trough sniffers spring into full view right in front of me. I think we are doing a great injustice to the pig population in Australia and i will be writing a letter of apology to every one of them pleading their forgiveness for comparing them to LNP politicians and i hope they accept my apology.
    These trough dwelling vermin are gorging on golden swill provided by tax payers and are arrogantly vomiting it back in our faces and its about time we put them all back into their pens where they can wallow in their own filth and hopefully eat each other.

    ps”’ Allow me to quote the last verse of ”Piggies”.
    Everywhere there’s lots of piggies living piggie lives
    You can see them out for dinner with their piggie wifes
    Clutching forks and knifes to eat their bacon.

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  14. olddavey says:

    You would think that if you were in Abbott’s high profile as LOTO and doing something for charity you would say something like “Look at me, I’m helping you raise some much needed cash” instead of “Look at me, I’m a miserable arsehole. Pay me for my trouble.”
    Now he’s prime monster he’ll probably make travel allowances deductable from any cash raised for charity by government members.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Olddavey, thanks for your comment 😎
      Yes his arrogance is mind boggling πŸ™„ and I think a lot of employers and the tax dept will be cursing Abbott, as he has set the standard… or lack thereof 😯

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  15. Joe Banks says:

    Thanks, Truth Seeker.
    This is something I sent to the ABC today. However, sending comments to the ABC is pretty much a waste of time because their articles are ‘buried’ by the time the comments appear…

    This is not a debate about ‘areas of grey’ in relation to entitlements, it is about two standards of justice… Something very important is being overlooked.
    Has anybody wondered why Tony Abbott and others have quickly paid back some of their allowance claims? It is because they could be placed in exactly the same legal position as Mr. Slipper if somebody ‘earlier’ makes a complaint to the AFP. This is how they nailed Mr. Slipper and this is why they have suddenly all run for their cheque books. The spotlight has suddenly turned to ‘allowance claims’ and they were tipped off to act quickly. This needs much further investigation.
    If somebody at the ABC can understand the significance of this and ask the relevant questions, then recent events will take on an entirely different perspective.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Joe Banks, thanks for your comment 😎
      I agree, they are playing a dangerous game, where they have already set the precedent, and don’t wan’t to be judged according to their own standards or lack thereof 😯

      The problem is that the ABC doesn’t have any balls, they just have Mark Scott pushing the LNP agenda. 😦

      The strange thing is that these issues have been floating around in the fifth estate for a long time, and it’s only now that the MSM have picked up on them, indicating that now that they have got their man (That is Murdoch’s man) in the top job, they are just flexing their muscles to let him know that he belongs to them. 😯

      But I think they may have underestimated the level of public outrage going by the drum having to shut down the comments sections of their site πŸ˜€

      Let’s hope that we can maintain the rage πŸ˜€

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  16. olddavey says:

    Turnbull will be sitting there in his silk upholstered chair hoping that the shit hits the fan in a big way and this ragged company will be all his.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Olddavey, tell him he’s dreaming πŸ˜€ half the party and the majority of the backers hate him, and although I’m sure you’re right, I think that it would be a cold day in hell before they would even consider Turnbull again, unless they had no other choice 😯

      But having said that, it is shaping up as a great spectator sport, watching the LNP implode πŸ˜€

      I think we should stock the fridges in the lounge, have the whole thing catered, sit back and enjoy the show πŸ˜€

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  18. Betty Taylor says:

    Thank you..we need to keep it out there. There has been many rorts but Abbott is now cemented his place as serial rorter. Other oversights pale when compared to the breath of his deceit. His duplicity should deem him unfit for public office.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Betty Taylor, welcome to my site πŸ˜€ and thanks for your comment 😎

      Yes, and it appears that he is totally unrepentant in his use of tax payers money to finance his hobbies 😯

      I agree completely that he is unfit for public office, but he has the support of Murdoch and the MSM 😦 so at least in the short term all we can do is continue to highlight his mendacious and rorting ways πŸ˜€

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  19. cornlegend says:

    I always thought the Minchin principle was only a fall back position.IF you got caught
    The Brandis principle is claim everything, plead ignorance if caught, and pay back little.
    I’m concerned once they get into Parliament House and the Lodge.
    Who keeps their eye on the silverware, the furniture, the rugs etc ?

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  20. cornlegend says:

    are we going to hear about thousands in charter flights for Tony (and daughter) to attend Birdsville races? Thousands more for Tony (and daughter) to attend Tamworth music festival? Thousands more for Tony (and wife this time – good to see him sharing the joy) to attend Melbourne race days and the Boxing Day Test?

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Cornie, let’s hope so πŸ˜€

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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    • diannaart says:

      Cornie

      A good Christian like Abbott surely understands the meaning of charity? Or, maybe not.

      In the stakes of who has out-rorted whom, the LNP makes Labor look like a bunch of rubes – since Slippergate & Craig Thompson, the LNP does not have a moral leg to stand on.

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  21. Caz2 says:

    The arrogance of Abbott is astounding. Apparently he thinks no event will be a success if he is not among the VOLUnTEERS. You know, those crazy numbskulls who take part and pay simply for the joy of doing good works. Having volunteered in the community I paid for my own petrol and used my own car, never for a moment considering the cost. As for the MSM, just now reporting these rorts, my husband thinks they have aided and abetted this bunch of crooks. If nothing else they have colluded to hide the facts during the election. I can’t wait for Albo to get into Parliament and stick it to them. Shorten is trying to be too diplomatic, making the same mistake JG did. A bit of biffo is what is needed to knock these clods off their high horse. I can just see Abbott flapping his lips like a beached mullet trying to justify the unjustifiable. We need to see a full accounting of pollies’ claims because this is just the tip of the iceberg, greedy bastards.

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