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The age of politicians 'entitlements' is drawing to a close in the wake of the Bronwyn Bishop helicopter scandal, with the Finance Department recommending the costs are re-named 'expenses' and that politicians are banned from chartering short distance chopper flights.  

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That should help Malcolm reach a budget surplus, if implemented fully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do not be so quick- the LNP will find a way.

 

And just two days later Banyard is busted for using a chopper- twice for short trips.

 

Remember entitlement is all relative.

 

Tony Windsor must be feeling good about now.

 

 

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Banarnaby's your PM if Talcum dies. How do we get into these situations? I'll give you a hint. There is no such Party as the LNP . It's a coalition that can split if it doesn't suit someone. Under those circumstances people have considerable bargaining power. Nev

 

 

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Banarnaby's your PM if Talcum dies. How do we get into these situations?...

There are plenty of talented, capable people in our country, but very few have the thick hide to end up in politics. Of those, only a small proportion get into positions of power and most of those don't last long.

Why? Too many Australians care more about sport and trivia than good government and few take the time to really do their homework before voting. King-makers like Murdoch decide which candidates get favourable press.

 

(Notice that when each new PM makes a pilgrimage to the USA, they're hoping for an audience with Rupert.)

 

Most of the smart people find other ways to get ahead- without the harassment and abuse endured by so many politicians. We've seen the adulation of sporting stars and others. Perhaps one day we'll see a community-wide display of appreciation for some hard-working, dedicated politician.

 

 

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Oxymoron, definition; compolsery voteing.Compolsery voteing is just an eago booster for pollys.

Definatly not democratic.

Yes, great idea. Why should we ordinary people have to worry about running the country? We should sit back with a beer, watch the footy and let our betters make all the decisions. After all, they have our best interests in mind don't they?

 

 

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Oxymoron, definition; compolsery voteing.Compolsery voteing is just an eago booster for pollys.

Definatly not democratic.

Yes,

 

But better than the alternative, where only the minority special interest groups bother to vote, and consequently they get whatever they want...

 

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Banarnaby's your PM if Talcum dies. How do we get into these situations? I'll give you a hint. There is no such Party as the LNP . It's a coalition that can split if it doesn't suit someone. Under those circumstances people have considerable bargaining power. Nev

In fact that is only correct in a theoretical sense.

 

If the PM were to pass away whilst in office, the Liberal Party would immediately elect a new leader who would then become the PM.

 

The leader of the National Party (being the smaller member of the coalition) would then become once again the Deputy PM.

 

 

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Rotorcraft group? I wonder why this political thread is not where it belongs?

LNP loves helicopters. I'm sure there must be smaller ones that don't cost thousands per trip, but they haven't discovered those yet. Perhaps someone should tell them about the little 2 seater jobbies?

 

 

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LNP loves helicopters. I'm sure there must be smaller ones that don't cost thousands per trip, but they haven't discovered those yet. Perhaps someone should tell them about the little 2 seater jobbies?

Marty:

Those little 2 seat jobbies aren't big enough for the pollies' egos to fit in. They would travel in Chinooks if they thought they could get away with it.

 

 

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In fact that is only correct in a theoretical sense.If the PM were to pass away whilst in office, the Liberal Party would immediately elect a new leader who would then become the PM.

The leader of the National Party (being the smaller member of the coalition) would then become once again the Deputy PM.

...but in the meantime, the leader of the National Party would be prime minister for a week or so.

 

 

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...but in the meantime, the leader of the National Party would be prime minister for a week or so.

No...it only takes a few hours to organise a meeting and election of a new leader. This was the case a few months back.

 

 

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No...it only takes a few hours to organise a meeting and election of a new leader. This was the case a few months back.

After Harold Holt was drowned (or captured by the Soviets in a submarine ...take your pick), the Deputy Prime Minister from the Country Party was sworn in at short notice. This was on the 19th December 1967. With the Christmas and New Year period intervening, the Liberal Party did not have a new Prime Minister ready for five weeks. The new Prime Minister (from the Liberal Party) was sworn in on the 10th January 1968: it was John Gorton.

 

If this happened again during a non-Christmas period, expect the leader of the National Party (the new name for the Country Party) to be the Prime Minister for about three weeks.

 

 

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Banarnaby's your PM if Talcum dies. How do we get into these situations? I'll give you a hint. There is no such Party as the LNP . It's a coalition that can split if it doesn't suit someone. Under those circumstances people have considerable bargaining power. Nev

Just a bit of information for the non-Queenslanders. There is a party called the LNP. It's a Queensland party, the Liberal National Party, and is the result of the merger of the Queensland branch of the Liberal Party and the Queensland branch of the National Party. They are no longer a coalition in Queensland, but a stand alone party.

 

The Federal counterparts didn't follow suit and amalgamate. They remain in a coalition of two separate parties in order to muster the numbers to govern. Federally there is no such entity as the LNP. It is the Liberal/National coalition. It's a bit confusing for Queenslanders when you all talk about the LNP, as the LNP is the Queensland opposition party, nothing to do with the Feds. In Federal Parliment, some LNP members sit with the Liberals, and some with the Nationals.

 

 

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