Politicians' expenses is an unresolved recurring issue, generating anger and resentment, towards those temporarily granted agency to, responsibly, administer the realm on behalf of all. There appears a tendency in those so appointed to regard Treasury, as if by divine right, their property, to be plundered in their own self-interest (Ministers charged taxpayers millions, September 1, p11).
Frequently, dramatic headlines such as "Choppergate probe...", investigating expenditure of fiascos, make pub testers become apoplectic! This egregious bending of the rules resulted in a reimbursement, sans apology. Then there was the MP who ripped off taxpayers to pay for a book launch, claiming such expenses were within entitlements, but, reluctantly, repaid $9400. Then mere days ago, obviously fearing to rub shoulders with the hoi polloi, Dutton and Cormann, unapologetically, ensconced their derrieres at a cost of $63,000, on Defence jets, to make redundant appearances for swearing-in.
So, meet Australia's nascent squattocracy, the "new" aristocracy, who akin to the Pharisees, seem to continually remind their lumpenproletariat, that while "nobody is above the law" (Dutton), they alone are blessed by (happy-clappy!) God. Politicians may raise fears for their safety but they should introspect if their behaviour might be contributing!
Albert M. White, Queanbeyan
Patronising and degrading
Again Canberra Times columnist Mr Ian Warden ('Skipping towards the Apocalypse', CT September 1) has desecrated the politically correct cultural environment that has now been painstakingly created in Canberra and elsewhere by making patronising, degrading references to selected honourable Canberra residents as wankers and masturbators.
Wanking was of course a serious sin before it was eradicated but I believe Mr Warden may have sinned himself in his additional comments deprecating the beautiful Canberra Floriade. Mr Warden and readers need to be reminded that gone are the appalling days when in Canberra the "alcoholic frolic" as it was often referred to used to be the main attraction of the year held at Canberra's Commonwealth Park rather than the beautiful smelling Floriade.
I believe Mr Warden may have sinned himself in his additional comments deprecating the beautiful Canberra FloriadeWayne Grant, Swinger Hill
In a politically incorrect bygone era where booze used to be guzzled to such an extreme by up to 100,000 misguided wankers on a hot Saturday afternoon once a year to celebrate Canberra Day even upstanding and honourable citizens were rumoured to have been seen peeing and falling into the lake and wallowing around and refusing to come out. Even Burley Griffin himself would have been truly horrified. By 4pm the white Ferris wheel usually turned a purplish colour covered in the discharge of red wine emanating from the frolickers who were having such a great time spinning around in the air guzzling alcohol. By 6pm Parkes Way was usually covered by what appeared to be turtles wallowing across the road trying to find any car that would fit their key and get the hell out of there - direction was irrelevant. Mr Warden should again be reminded that his "potty mouthed" innuendos belong in the Canberra of the 1980s and 90s when wankers may have abounded but not now. Canberrans now proudly represent a reprogrammed breed of achievers both morally and academically who hold far higher standards than the "riff-raff" of that bygone era and surely deserve far more dignified commentary from their National Rag.
Wayne Grant, Swinger Hill
Clarity and compassion
Scott Morrison is determined to send the Tamil family, which had been happily living in Biloela, back to Sri Lanka ("PM won't intervene for Tamil family", September 3, p9). He claims allowing the family to stay would encourage a flood of boat people. The Tamils were taken from their home in a 5am raid by armed police, which must have been a terrifying experience. This action raised a storm of protest, especially in Biloela, where the family had been welcomed and well liked.
I find it "interesting" the Morrison government's seizure of the Tamil family coincided with a crescendo of protest and the convenient front page report in The Australian "Sri Lankan boat surge: sixth asylum bid halted" (September 2), which came complete with a photograph of the boat. This incident actually occurred on August 5.
This episode shows that our government, led by a supposedly devout Christian, is prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to deny entry to Australia by asylum seekers no matter how worthy their cause - showing no sign of Christian charity or compassion.
Douglas Mackenzie, Deakin
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