The SHY playbook

So Sarah Hanson-Young (who received 8992 first preference votes in South Australia last election and just scrapped in as the last of the 12 senators of South Australia to receive a quota after 452 counts) has a massive sense of entitlement.

She went on a holiday – whale watching – with her child and some staff and decided the taxpayer should pick up the tab. After all, Senators in all their glory are working all the time, and there is no business that is not senate business and therefore (according to SHY logic) 100% of her time is official business time, even when on holidays.

So the $3556 trip with a chartered plane was a non issue with SHY. Why shouldn’t the taxpayer pay? She deserves it and anyhow her child needs to be looked after and shown the wonders of the sea.

Then came some criticism from the media – oh they must be old white men. No young woman would criticise SHY for using taxpayers’ money for looking after a child surely?

So the playbook was followed. First, deflect – it is only dirty old white men who should be ignored. Then work up outrage – how dare someone criticise me for what is a normal entitlement. It is within Parliamentary entitlements after all. Then show no sense of guilt – be bold and continue to assert that it is not only reasonable but somehow she was saving the taxpayer some money. Try to gain sympathy by talking about the sick child – although I’m not sure how that is relevant because most working mothers would take carers leave to look after their child and not expect their employer to fund a holiday.

No wonder people are so sick of politicians and their double speak and sense of entitlement.

Perhaps the solution is to provide each member of parliament with an absolutely fixed travel budget (say $20,000 per annum including all trips to Canberra for Parliamentary sittings) and then report each year on what it is actually spent on. Leave it to the voters to decide whether their representative has the good judgement to spend the money on useful things rather than holidays.

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41 Responses to The SHY playbook

  1. Docket62 (deplorable)

    Rubbish. They should not have any entitlements other than the tax deductibility that all tax payers are allowed by the ATO. Prove the trip is deductible to the ATO and claim it, otherwise they are thieves.

  2. Some History

    ….oh they must be old white men.

    Grumpy old white men.

    …. it is only dirty old white men…..

    Grumpy old white men.

  3. Some History

    I AM WOMAN, hear me roar.

    I AM MOTHER, see me soar.

    I AM ENTITLED, watch me whore.

  4. candy

    Di Natole pays less than minimum wage for his au pairs. I think it all highlights that the Greens and followers such as the ABC and Fairfax crowds are privelged white people, for all their talk of fairness and diversity.

  5. Tel

    They should not have any entitlements other than the tax deductibility that all tax payers are allowed by the ATO.

    Most important: they should be made to go through EXACTLY the same procedures that they put everyone else through in terms of claims. Spend you own money FIRST then attempt to claim it back only if you have done all the paperwork. Any small business owner would know what I’m talking about, but politicians typically think rules are for the little people.

    Perhaps the solution is to provide each member of parliament with an absolutely fixed travel budget (say $20,000 per annum including all trips to Canberra for Parliamentary sittings) and then report each year on what it is actually spent on.

    I really don’t see why so much travel is required. Getting from home to Canberra and back is the only thing that taxpayers should be covering (and let me point out, the ATO does not even offer that much for normal commuting Australians). If they want to talk to the voters, or attend meetings, that’s their own call but may I suggest this dinky device called “Telephone”… very handy.

  6. Some History

    Harah Yanson-Soung & Di Natale

    http://imgur.com/hic9CIO

  7. Dr Faustus

    Ms Hanson-Young is a half-term Senator. She is up for re-election by June 30 2019 (or probably sooner, when Turnbull is boned by his colleagues and decides to gift Australia to the CFMEU).

    Hopefully someone in SA has put this distressing shite together as the basis for an attack-ad aimed at keeping the voracious bottom feeder out of the next parliament. On last year’s form, it only needs a few hundred SA voters to vomit in their mouths a little.

  8. A Lurker

    I really don’t see why so much travel is required. Getting from home to Canberra and back is the only thing that taxpayers should be covering (and let me point out, the ATO does not even offer that much for normal commuting Australians). If they want to talk to the voters, or attend meetings, that’s their own call but may I suggest this dinky device called “Telephone”… very handy.

    If they want face to face, then there is the technological wonder called Skype…

    Most important: they should be made to go through EXACTLY the same procedures that they put everyone else through in terms of claims. Spend you own money FIRST then attempt to claim it back only if you have done all the paperwork. Any small business owner would know what I’m talking about, but politicians typically think rules are for the little people.

    Yes

  9. duncanm

    There’s plenty of other people FIFO’ing to jobs around the country — pollies should be the same.

  10. Roger

    Our politicians are already among the most generously remunerated in the Western world.

    Let them have a modest allowance – calibrated for individual circumstances according to distance from Canberra – for travel to and from parliamentary sittings.

    Anything else they pay for up front and claim as a deductible from the ATO.

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  12. dweezy2176

    You missed out the last card in the deck .. the victim card which comes with the, necessary, death threat(s) and the call to the AFP .. no doubt, SHY or her staff recorded the threat(s) so that the AFP have a good reason to investigate or do pollies just have to make a claim to secure affirmative action?

  13. Tel

    If they want face to face, then there is the technological wonder called Skype…

    Lately I’ve become a fan of “Zoom” which I would definitely rate ahead of Skype.

  14. Docket62 (deplorable)

    Lately I’ve become a fan of “Zoom” which I would definitely rate ahead of Skype.

    Or, god forbid, you could pick up the fucking phone.

  15. Tel

    Or, god forbid, you could pick up the fucking phone.

    That was my first suggestion!!

    But I might point out, Zoom runs very nicely ON your phone… but it does consume some data, especiallyif you have the video enabled.

  16. stackja

    Lee Rhiannon appreciating the MSM diversion?

  17. struth

    No wonder people are so sick of politicians and their double speak and sense of entitlement.

    Perhaps the solution is to provide each member of parliament with an absolutely fixed travel budget (say $20,000 per annum including all trips to Canberra for Parliamentary sittings) and then report each year on what it is actually spent on. Leave it to the voters to decide whether their representative has the good judgement to spend the money on useful things rather than holidays.

    So you do have a sense of humour …………………………………..

    I vote for all politicians to be paid at the same level as the president of the United States.

  18. Motelier

    Must be all those grumpy white men!

    Oh, wait a minute.

    Must be all those grumpy white men in private business.

    All of our politicians aspire to having a private jet/plane. Lets face it, we all do, ‘cept we the taxpayer foot the bill for them.

    Check out what your local polly is doing, I did.

  19. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2435510, posted on July 8, 2017 at 10:19 am
    whale flights
    Senator Sarah Hanson-Young catches up with whales off South Australia’s west coast.

    The Australian
    12:00AM July 8, 2017

    Sarah Hanson-Young took two scenic flights over the Great Australian Bight and billed taxpayers for the fares of three Greens staff members and her daughter, ­according to new documents ­released by her.

    The documents were released after The Weekend Australian was provided details of her travel itinerary by the Nullarbor charter company Chinta Air, which conducts whale-watching and coastline tours.

    Senator Hanson-Young initially described her visit to South Australia’s far west last September as a whale-watching trip, but her office said yesterday the purpose of the $3556 trip was far broader.

    An invoice for two, 30-minute “scenic flights’’ shows five adult trips were funded by the taxpayer, plus the fare of a child.

    The first flight carried the senator, her daughter and a staff member, and the second flight carried the senator and two other staff members. Senator Hanson-Young’s office said the Greens had viewed the coastline in a bid to analyse the potential effects of any future oil exploration and production on the coasline

    A spokeswoman for the senator said the flights were not to watch whales but to take photos and video of the area in the context of the oil industry.

    Each adult fare cost $195; her daughter received a half-price discount. All of Senator Hanson-Young’s flights were within the rules of the parliamentary allowances system.

    Chinta Air chief pilot Felicity Brown told The Weekend Australian that on September 8 last year, the Greens contingent had ­arrived unannounced at the Null­arbor Roadhouse, 1067km northwest of Adelaide, from where planes take off.

    “It was paid on the day, it was very last-­minute,’’ she said of the excursion.

    The Australian this week revealed details of Senator Hanson-Young’s trip, with her daughter, whom she said was sick. “Of course I went to see the whales, that was the whole point,’’ she said.

    However, as the week progressed she said the trip included assessing potential oil slick damage, meeting local leaders and councillors, as well as watching whales at the eastern end of the Great Australian Bight.

    From the Oz. So we pay for the senator, her daughter and sundry hangers on, do we?

  20. If they want face to face, then there is the technological wonder called Skype…

    There’s also the time-honoured practice of actually setting up a table and chairs in the local shopping centre or main street and inviting people to come and converse with them. Or hiring the local School of Arts or RSL hall and holding a public meeting or debate with a political opponent, an factually having face to face, personal contact with their constituents, actually having to stand up and talk to real people and answer questions from them. The experience would be both enlightening and character building (both of which would be a distinct improvement to any politician), and ti would actually cost them bugger all. The could also experience driving over regional roads and paying regional fuel prices like we plebs have to.

  21. I also take exception to SHYs characterisation of her critics being exclusively grumpy old white men, or dirty old white men. I’m a fairly cheerful older white woman, and I think SHY stinks, her ideology stinks, her politics stink and her parenting is questionable. I feel excluded and offended by her excluding all her female critics (of whatever age and skin tone), and isn’t she all about tolerance and “inclusion” and all that stuff?

    Also, the most obvious point to be made, seeing as she whinges and whines so much about being a “single mother” (what sensible man would hang around anyway?), is that if her daughter was too ill to be at school, then she was also too ill to be dragged around on planes, stand around in the sun etc., with her mother while she was “working”. Her place, as a mother, was at home caring for her child who was too ill to be at school that day. She’s either a mother or a politician. She can’t do both properly, no matter how much she would like to. A mothers primary role is the raising, supporting and loving of her children, a time honoured and revered “profession” from time immemorial. That’s the biological nature of woman.

  22. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Anybody remember the way the A.B.C. and their “running dogs” went after Bronwyn Bishop? Not a word in this case…

  23. Robbo

    Isn’t everybody here missing the point? We need to understand that there are 8992 people in South Australia who actually voted for this brainless slag and put her into the Senate where she could wallow in the trough of public money. In that same State they also elected that poisonous little toad Christopher Pyne. But it is no good just singling out South Australians as a backward bunch of mendicants because a quick look at the voting record of Tasmanians is enough to make any reasonable person vomit. Australians need to have a serious conversation about reform of the voting system for the Senate so that window licking nuff nuffs like SHY and Lambie ( and a good number of others of the same ilk) can never get anywhere near the Senate, or any other House of Parliament in Australia.

  24. struth

    Good point.

    If the Liberal politicians put as much effort into seeing their constituents as Sarah Hanson Young puts into seeing marine mammals, maybe they wouldn’t be in this mess.

  25. struth

    Another point.
    It is pointless trying to feel good by distancing ourselves from South Australia.
    I left Alice Springs where Socialism and the welfare state smashed the town through indigenous issues and land rights.

    I left the heavy socialism of the Northern Territory to have it follow me and spread like cancer to every town since then that I wanted to resettle in.
    Everywhere in Australia is going down, some areas in different stages of socialist destruction but all going down.
    Hospital situation in QLD hopeless, show ID after ten o ‘ clock drinking, no power in SA.
    They’ll catch up with each other soon.

    Remember the term pollies used to use to inflict more regulation on us.

    “Bringing us inline” with other states……………………

    We’ll all be in the food line soon enough.
    South Australia is being paid for by all of us.
    Tassie, the roads never built in Melbournistan, it’s bollards.

    You can’t fence socialism off.
    It has to be destroyed.

  26. Barry 1963

    It’s a cross party ticket that one, inflated expense claims. However, from time to time, you’ll find politicians from both sides of the spectrum who are scrupulous on expenses. Cheers to them.

  27. You can’t fence socialism off.
    It has to be destroyed.

    +100 Struth.

  28. Chinta Air chief pilot Felicity Brown told The Weekend Australian that on September 8 last year, the Greens contingent had ­arrived unannounced at the Null­arbor Roadhouse, 1067km northwest of Adelaide, from where planes take off. “It was paid on the day, it was very last-­minute,’’ she said of the excursion.

    To analyse the potential effects of any future oil exploration and production on the coastline
    with zero prior preparation most likely no report. Gee, thanks so much for checking it out for us all.

  29. Habib

    If the Greens had the bare modicum of integrity even the Liberal party has had to exhibit, this recidivist moocher would at least be counselled, dropped from commitees etc, and put on a very short leash. The new bourbons don’t feel any need for accountability to the peasantry however, let them eat fair trade organic carbon, lactose and guten free soybean cake.

    Fat slag’s done pretty well for a sodding bank johnny- if only she’d followed her true calling, and joined the Manson family. There’s still time, maybe we could sic her on to Cate Blanchett.

  30. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Fat slag’s done pretty well for a sodding bank johnny

    IIRC, she worked in a bank for less then a year?

  31. EB

    Interesting, if she’s working on the “I’m on the clock 100% of the time” theory, because I’m pretty sure she finished a law degree a couple of years back.

    If the senate is such a time consuming process, I’d like to know how she managed to accomplish that.

    Not that she’s alone, they’re all snouts in the trough, I remember Porky Vanstone racking up a serious tab, learning foreign languages on our dime.

  32. Some History

    Not that she’s alone, they’re all snouts in the trough, I remember Porky Vanstone racking up a serious tab, learning foreign languages on our dime.

    Vanstone can now speak Strine with a Franch accent. She can speak Strine with an Italiano accent. And she can speak Strine with a Cherman accent.

    Money well spent.

  33. Bushkid;

    The could also experience driving over regional roads and paying regional fuel prices like we plebs have to.

    I recently bought a new stereo for the Patrol because the roads around Augathella are so corrugated that a CD won’t play. I only use USB stuff now.
    I guess you don’t get road corrugations in a Gulfstream.

  34. egg_

    IIRC, she worked in a bank for less then a year?

    Sperm (Whale) Bank?

  35. gabrianga

    The Hanson Young kids don’t need to leave home to do a bit of “whale watching”when mother is at home?

  36. Lady Nilk, Iron Bogan

    Also, the most obvious point to be made, seeing as she whinges and whines so much about being a “single mother” (what sensible man would hang around anyway?), is that if her daughter was too ill to be at school, then she was also too ill to be dragged around on planes, stand around in the sun etc., with her mother while she was “working”. Her place, as a mother, was at home caring for her child who was too ill to be at school that day. She’s either a mother or a politician.

    Agreed, Bushkid. As a single mother I hate it when that card gets played for victim cred. I was curious about when she became single mother, and it appears that she was married to the child’s father, but she always took her to Canberra while he stayed in Adelaide. Who does that?

    If Mum’s job involves FIFO then surely for the stability of the child’s circumstances Dad becomes primary care-giver.

    I also wonder about Dad’s situation post-SHY. I notice that Sarah has kept his name as part of her hyphenated moniker; I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s trademarked it.

  37. jjf

    Doesn’t Rhiannon get a pension from the NSW parliament plus her salary as a Senator?

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