OPINION: Less talk, more action to end the pollie spending
THAT'S the sound of Bronwyn Bishop's expensively hired helicopter you can hear disappearing in the distance.
And on board she is carrying any hope of bringing our politicians' spending of our money to heel.
Mrs Bishop has been the focus of the debate for the past fortnight, but she is far from the only offender.
The big picture hasn't been about whether she will keep her post as Speaker of the House of Representatives or not (and she still may go), but whether our politicians are brave enough to pull themselves off the public teat.
There has been plenty of half-baked indignation from pollies over the speaker's chopper bill, but little full-blown inclination to do anything to stop such abuses occurring again.
So, to get something done, I'm prepared to compromise.
Bronwyn can keep her job and all offenders who have ripped us off over the years will be overlooked, as long as they come up with a plan that means highly paid politicians can no longer supplement their salary with dodgy travel allowances and overseas trips.