The age of entitlement is over. So declared Joe Hockey famously back in 2013.
Well, apparently not when it comes to politicians.
And inflated entitlement has been shown to be par for the course for some elected representatives over the past few weeks.
The issue has become a farce, and politicians have no one to blame but themselves.
Forget some of the rhetoric and misguided logic, the sloppy defence and the spin and some silly, bizarre argument about what they’ve done, including the laughable responses they need to go to fundraisers to get donations for their advertising campaigns.
Glib responses no longer gain any traction in truth.
The fact that some politicians would complain about the number of nights they have to spend away from their families might be relevant, and defendable under the pub test, but then to have a defence about taking their wives or families to a footy match in Sydney, beggars belief.
If you rue the time you don’t have at home, then why not spend it at home?
And it would be obvious that attending weddings is completely off the radar of acceptable community standards. So too are business class seats to luxury holidays within the state, and probably within the country.
The carnage that has come from the Bronwyn Bishop helicopter hire has now descended into an abyss that many pollies will not rise from; well at least with any respect or confidence from the public. That’s according to the public bullshit meter.
The whole saga since has left the public with an over abiding sense the politicians just don’t get it at all, and we are poorer for it.
The pollies, of course, have been reduced to public ridicule, showing complete ignorance or arrogance of having lost the plot, and lost most of us.
The federal politicians have a mighty job in front of themselves to regain any semblance of integrity and honesty, and any sense of them being able to measure what is, in fact, acceptable and defensible, and allowable.
The fact we are now having a federal government root-and-branch review is good.
The terms need to be clarified – the cost might be another matter.
The fact the review panel won’t report until next year is another issue – more money spent on making those who lead us be in a position to actually know how to lead, or to basically be able to distinguish what’s fair and meets community expectations – or not.
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