December 15th

Expensive MPs


Hat tip to Cathy for the ABC article. But first...

"Senators and members receive an annual allowance by way of basic salary—$199,040 from 1 January 2016."

- <https://www.aph.gov.au/…/Par…/pubs/rp/rp1516/ParlBaseSal2016>

"There are currently 150 members of the House of Representatives, each representing one geographic area of Australia. Members are elected for a 3 year term"

- <https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Members>

Here's an idea.

HOW ABOUT WE SAVE $44.78 MILLION DOLLARS BY GETTING RID OF HALF OF THOSE MPS?

Because, for example, Tony Abbott made it pretty clear that in spite of that Senators and Members page saying "when in parliament take part in debate on proposed laws and public policy, representing the views of the people in their electorate", THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY TRUE.

Because that expensive worthless bastard either walks out of a vote or gets so stupid drunk he never turns up in the first damn place.

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"Education Minister Simon Birmingham was forced back to the drawing board after the Senate blocked his plan announced back in the May budget. ...

The Grattan Institute's higher education director, Andrew Norton, said there were not many options left on the table. ...

So what's left? Limit uni places"

<http://www.abc.net.au/…/university-places-to-be-ca…/9259064…>