Speaker of the House Bronwyn Bishop was in the firing line for chartering a $5000 helicopter ride to a Liberal Party fundraiser last year.
Speaker of the House Bronwyn Bishop was in the firing line for chartering a $5000 helicopter ride to a Liberal Party fundraiser last year. Contributed

OUR SAY: Bishop’s ambition grounded

WHEN Bronwyn Bishop announced she was running for pre-selection for the seat of Mackellar, the entire population started laughing. Or yelling. Depending on how passionate you were about Choppergate.

But as of last night, we no longer have to fear the whispers of Choppergate ever coming back into the media. That is, as long as Barnaby Joyce keeps his feet firmly on the ground.

>> Bronwyn Bishop loses preselection battle in Mackellar

But what I fear the most is that she was only defeated by Jason Falinski 59-31. That is s 31 people who still thought having Ms Bishop in parliament was a good idea.

Isn't it time there was fresh blood? Isn't it time politicians stopped backing people who are, as a whole, terrible for their party's image publicly.

So many people in politics seem to have blinkers on their eyes, or blocks set up on social media to filter out the mean or truthful things the public says about them.

How entitled does a person need to be to think voting for Ms Bishop, who took a helicopter from Melbourne to Geelong at a cost of $5000 to taxpayers, is a good idea?

Even Ms Bishop's long-time supporter Tony Abbott chose to back Walter Villatora, who was seen as one of the two main threats to her contention for the seat.

I genuinely cannot understand how these politicians and party members can be so blind to the public opinion of themselves and each other. Their entire job is dependent on the support of the public, so how can they blindly push through without a thought regarding what their supporters, or even the people who oppose them, think about what they are doing?

Who will you vote for in the Senate at the next Federal election?

This poll ended on 24 July 2016.

Current Results

Labor

39%

Liberal

9%

National

21%

Greens

13%

Other

15%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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