Letter to the Editor-Wednesday, October 9: Up yours attitude
LEGIT or not legit, that is the question. Politicians claiming taxpayer funded travel entitlements for plane trips at home and abroad are the latest to feel the wrath of those purer than pure journalists who usually shoot first and ask questions later.
As Malcolm Turnbull has said, the whole system of travel entitlements is extremely vague and politicians should always err on the side of caution when making claims.
Among the visiting press gallery in Bali, the most strident voices of late demanding answers belong to the ABC, the SBS and the Fairfax press who are apparently in near battalion strength at the APEC summit and are long and loud on this subject at Prime Minister Abbott's TV interviews. Considering the fact that the ABC/SBS is funded by the Australian taxpayer, who then watches over travel and accommodation claims that these sainted journalists accrue, where is the public access into the spending habits of the employees of this monolithic entity?
I'm afraid this goose has no time for the gander and continues to maintain a no-go zone and an "up yours Jack'' attitude toward the long suffering taxpayer.