The Pynes have never seen the fireworks. Right this wrong.

Today’s Guest Author is No Place For Sheep’s admirable Dr Jennifer Wilson, who skewers politicians’ – especially pyne’s – entitlement mentality . . . work-related expenses with a fine Italian stiletto point. Thank you, as always, Jennifer.

(Image Credit: Tim Wimborne: REUTERS)

In defending a $5000 cost for Christopher Pyne and three of his family members to fly to Sydney from Adelaide over the Christmas/New Year period, a spokesperson explained that Pyne did engage in work activities and he and his family had never seen the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Either this spokesperson has a burning ambition to dump Pyne and the rest of the Coalition government even further in it, or he or she is so steeped in the tradition of political entitlement and privilege that they can see no downside to revealing that we, the hapless taxpayers, many of whom never have and never will see the fireworks in Sydney on New Year’s Eve except on the telly, paid for the Pyne family to enjoy this cultural privilege.

I have never subscribed to the belief that any one human being is of greater significance than any other so naturally, I don’t see why my tax dollars should fund the Pyne kids’ excursion to the fireworks just because they have Christopher for their father. Oh, but wait. They have Christopher for their father. I may need to rethink my position on their disadvantage.

It may be a glitch in my constitution, but I have never found reason to respect any individual simply because she or he holds a particular office. There are actually very few people I do respect, and none of them are politicians or public figures. If I was going to shout anyone a trip to the fireworks, it would be one of them. There is much codswallop bandied about with regard to respecting “the office,” but one cautious glimpse at the increasingly unhinged Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, ought to disabuse anyone of the notion of respecting an office, given the type of lunatic who can apparently hold it. An office, like an institution, is only as good as the human beings inhabiting it, and that can be very very bad indeed.

We do not have “politicians” anymore, in the sense of a class of people willing to give a period of their lives to the service and well-being of the citizenry and the country. We have instead ideologues, intent on pursuing their self-interested goals and taking every possible advantage of us while they do it. It matters little on which side of the House they plonk their narcissistic arses, as is evidenced in the uncharacteristic rush to defend one another’s expenses claims. Of course extravagance is in the rules: politicians wrote the rules and they may not know much about running a country, but they do know how to look after themselves.

Pyne says he will not be repaying the airfares we coughed up for his family to see the fireworks. Why am I not surprised. Call me cynical, but if anything comes from Abbott’s apparent determination to address the “entitlement” rules I suspect it will be an amendment to permit taxpayer-funded travel to party fundraisers. The man who wrings his hands over the denial of coal supplies to poverty-stricken millions on the sub continent who will, he claims, suffer and possibly die because of the Federal Court decision on the Adani Carmichael coal mine, gives not a fig for the Australian taxpayer who, while increasingly unable to make ends meet, has to watch his or her tax dollars pay for the children of comfortable and privileged politicians to fly business class and see the spectacles.

Time to get out the metaphorical tumbrils.

607 thoughts on “The Pynes have never seen the fireworks. Right this wrong.

  1. The thing that burns so much is that we of the fifth estate railed about the idiot’s idiocy long before he usurped office!…we ALL knew he was incapable of leadership, of governance, of any-effing-thing useful to humanity and the environment and all else that can be conceived!

    That bloody treasonous MSM.!..they sold this country to Murdoch for a handful of magic beans.

  2. Adler shotgun importation ban to be lifted after Government cuts deal with David Leyonhjelm

    The Federal Government has agreed to allow the importation of a controversial shotgun in one year’s time, in exchange for the support of a crossbench senator on migration issues.

    The Government temporarily suspended the importation of the Adler lever-action shotgun in July, while it reviewed firearms laws in the wake of the Martin Place siege.

    Gun control advocates oppose its importation because of its fast firing rate and seven-shot magazine capacity.

    The Government has now agreed to introduce a sunset clause, as part of a deal with NSW Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm

  3. The Federal Government has agreed to allow the importation of a controversial shotgun in one year’s time, in exchange for the support of a crossbench senator on migration issues.

    FMD, is there not anything they won’t trade?

  4. The really nasty part of the Leyonhelm gun deal is the trade for his vote on a particular border protection issue, the government is acting like a pimp, selling off gun safety so they can get a vote they need. Bastards, the lot of them.

    The ABC delicately skirted around the issue, The Oz was more frank.

    Senator Leyonhjelm in return agreed to oppose a Labor amendment requiring a guardian or independent witnesses be present when government officials collect biometric samples — such as finger­prints, blood or saliva — from children or people with disabilities at Australia’s borders.

    Although he broadly agreed with the Labor initiative, the Liberal Democrat senator said it was more important to him that the sunset clause was built into regulation banning the Adler

    Paywalled –

    I’m surprised the government has not completely banned this weapon on the grounds terrorists might use it.

  5. The ‘adults in charge’ are doing so well…….

    University of Canberra taking Commonwealth to court over $26 million broken promise

    The University of Canberra is preparing for legal action against the Commonwealth for what it argues is an unlawful cancellation of a $26 million federal grant to set up a Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning.
    But Education Minister Christopher Pyne has countered that the funding would have represented a clear waste of taxpayers’ money.
    The UC is also seeking the payment of $4.4 million in unpaid invoices it sent to the Commonwealth before it received official notification the centre had been axed.
    Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker said the case provided a worrying precedent for other universities who began implementing Commonwealth grants in good faith, only to find themselves cut off without warning

  6. I’ve just been doing a bit of background reading on this Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning at the University of Canberra.

    It seems that the Pyne/Abbott decision here is a double-barreled act of bastardry revenge on both Gillard and Shorten who granted the money in 2013 and Vice-Chancellor Parker who stood almost alone among Australian Vice-Chancellors in opposition to Pyne’s proposed fee-deregulation.

    The University describes the Centre for Teaching and Learning (T&L) as providing support to the University of Canberra in developing and implementing good practice curriculum design, learning and scholarly information resources and technologies, assessment and feedback processes, and teaching and course quality.

    Further, T&L provides and supports academic staff development for teaching and learning. It also produces academic policies and procedures and provides secretariat support to UC academic committees.

    The University has hired half-a-dozen world-class academics on five year contracts> Ken Boston, a leading figure in Australian and international education has been proposed as the chair of the Centre, but Boston, a strong supporter of the Gronski Reforms is another on the Pyne hit list.

    I see the sabotage of the Centre as a blow to education at all levels, particularly the tertiary level, To take back the money after it has been committed in good faith does harm to the reputation of the university and, like so many things happening these days, makes Australia look a laughing stock on the world stage.

  7. Tlbd

    Some people have NFI

    But Kyrgios’s mother Nill has defended her son, writing “sledge for a sledge” on her personal Twitter account. She later deleted the account.

    Someone suggested that the family defence says something about the way he was bought up.

  8. I,m not happy with Fairfax pushing Laura Tingle’s ‘Is this government worse then the Whitlam government’ rubbish. It’s the top story on the SMH site today.

    The Whitlam government had its problems, but it also left us an excellent legacy – Medicare, no fault divorce, welfare for sole parents, extensive reforms for early childhood education and so much more. Out of the alleged ‘chaos’ came so much that was good. What has this government done? Absolutely nothing positive, just chaos, taking things away, bungles, gaffes, financial destruction, more chaos, international loathing of Australia, wars, more chaos, more war…….

  9. I have less than zero interest in tennis, tennis players, sport in general, but I have a question. What is it about tennis that attracts such vile, bad-mannered, rude, objectionable people. For decades we have been putting up with appalling behaviour from professional tennis players, but it is always just brushed off, laughed about, disregarded because ‘So-and-so is such a brilliant player’. Why?

  10. Other sports like soccer or footy also involve vile behaviour. There were cases of rape and bashing not all that long ago. In cricket, we had Warne and a couple of safari hunters.

  11. On ‘sledging’ in sport Sachin Tendulkar’s attitude to it was interesting.

    In a interview after he retired he said WTTE ‘I wouldn’t have said this while I was still playing but I always tried to not react. All it did was motivate me to hit the ball harder’.

  12. Barry Cassidy seems to be having a bit of a sobbing fit here. His beloved Abbott is crashing and burning and poor Bazza is trying to work out why. You could almost – almost – feel sorry for him, especially after all he did to help Abbott get elected.

    I especially enjoyed his confusion over NewsCorpse being critical of Abbott. You can almost hear the bewilderment.

    And it now seems likely that the Coalition cannot rely on News Corp – and particularly The Australian – for a free ride. That newspaper seems just as intent on fair and balanced coverage as any other

    Coalition is losing its advantage across the board

    He still managed to finish on a positive (for him) note though, getting in the obligatory dig at Shorten and Labor, but he just doesn’t sound as if his heart is in it.

  13. leonetwo

    Triple 😆 “The Australian …….That newspaper seems just as intent on fair and balanced coverage as any other” . In the same way Fox News is Bazza ?

  14. While everyone was looking at Dyson Heyden guess who else had a Liberal Party speaking engagement lined up –

  15. “… a function with Tim Wilson, Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner.”

    Hmmm … I thought Gillian Triggs was the Human Rights Commissioner.

  16. CTar1

    Hear hear to General Sir Michael Rose —–: “The time has come to stop these endless games of legalistic ping pong whose winners can only be those who bear the blame for the invasion of Iraq and its appalling consequences.”

    Set the hounds after Blair I say.

    Meanwhiles Howard’s flying (on a good day) gold brick cops some more bagging . The article certainly stirred up the comments section.

    Why the F-35 Is Particularly Ill-Suited to Succeed in the Asia-Pacific

    The Asia-Pacific’s expansive geography leaves short-range tactical fighters ill-suited for success and versatility.

  17. CTar1,

    “… a function with Tim Wilson, Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner.”

    Hmmm … I thought Gillian Triggs was the Human Rights Commissioner.

    I expect that when this flier was drafted the organisers were confident that the pressure applied to Gillian Triggs would have seen her resign & been replaced by the grubby Timothy nobody!

  18. Loved this comment on the FDotM Blog! 😉 The way that this chaotic & occasionally hilarious mob (the adults in charge have been running things of late, it is not entirely out of the question!!!!!

    Look … ahh … we’ve heard the peole’s sceptisism regarding the Royal Commission’s impatiality and we’re going to put the matter beyond doubt once and for all.

    Justice Dyson Heydon will be stepping down and Madame Speaker will be arriving by helicopter to take the chair first thing on Monday.


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