Audit Past Politicians Pension Entitlements
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At the time of the last election it was estimated that the current political pension plan is costing the Australian taxpayer $40,000,000 per year. For too long, the Australian Tax Payer dollar has been disrespected, used to feed the silver spoon mentality of politicians the country over. Paying for expensive offices, gold card travel, staffers and offices even post-parliament. This kind of abuse of the public purse needs to stop! We can make a start on changing this right now.
All Parliamentarians, past and present, need to be audited for eligibility to sit. Those who aren’t will to be removed from office, debts owed waived as currently customary for those ineligible, and all future politicians put on notice! – Sit in the Parliament of Australia, be eligible or pay the price; close the loophole, don’t allow a waiver of monies paid in future cases, get the money paid back. It would be more in line with the government’s expectations of the people (see Robo Debt notices). Once those who previously sat in Parliament have proven their eligibility to sit under section 44 of the Constitution, then and only then should they be able to continue to receive the lavish Parliamentary pension which they currently enjoy.
I say this knowing, that if Centrelink contacted a loved one of any Australian, and they were told that they were not eligible to have received monies from the government, there would be an expectation for it to be paid back, and if it was not, then it would be forcefully obtained/collected/garnished. Given that the public purse is funding these pensions, fair is fair.
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