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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Letter writers eye on FOI

More letters in the Sydney Morning Herald today about Freedom of Information and the Federal Parliament.

Nick Franklin of Katoomba is a master:
Mr Slipper's coat and tails: $1248.

Mr Slipper's tucker bill: $8500.

Mr Slipper's travel expenses: $18,000.

Publication of the above: priceless.

Two more follow-and (Update) plenty of comment as well on Paul Farrell's article in New Matilda

I agree with all of yesterday's correspondents that Nicola Roxon's attitude to FOI on public money spent by politicians is outrageous. However, you can be sure Australia's prime minister-in-waiting and his attorney-general, George Brandis, will put things right. Tony? George?
John Pick Pymble
It would seem the cat is out of the bag, yet it is hardly instructive for the public to have access to one minister's expense record without any ability to compare expense records of those who have gone before him. So, while individual figures may seem large or excessive, they do not speak for themselves.
Total disclosure of politician perks would seem the only proper way of ensuring transparency. Better still, get rid of the perks and increase the base salary of MPs. Win-win.
Anthony van den Broek Erskineville

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