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Labor backbencher Kimberley Kitching has fast become one of the hardest-working members of Parliament, spending $20,000 on domestic flights while jetting between committee meetings in her first three months in office – more than Turnbull government ministers Dan Tehan, Greg Hunt and Darren Chester.

The media does a great job of knifing politicians for wasting money. 

20k on flights in 12 weeks is one flight per week. Seems like she's doing her job. No implication she was a dwarf from WA visiting Melbourne for football matches. 

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12 hours ago, zaph said:

The media does a great job of knifing politicians for wasting money. 

20k on flights in 12 weeks is one flight per week. Seems like she's doing her job. No implication she was a dwarf from WA visiting Melbourne for football matches. 

Labor backbencher Kimberley Kitching spending more on flights than most ministers

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Labor backbencher Kimberley Kitching has fast become one of the hardest-working members of Parliament, spending $20,000 on domestic flights while jetting between committee meetings in her first three months in office – more than Turnbull government ministers Dan Tehan, Greg Hunt and Darren Chester...

So the obvious question to ask is why is an opposition backbencher flying more often than senior government ministers and the travel still related to her role as an MP? If the flights are for Labor party purposes and paid by the party, then it is a private matter. If the taxpayers are funding the flights, then there should be public accountability.

Also, is she organising her flights in an efficient manner, so as to use one flight to undertake multiple meetings/tasks that could be organised to occur on the same day(s)?

Without knowing the details, on the surface it seems to be that she works as efficiently as the council planners for road works, when soon after they finish road works on a particular strip, they start excavating it again. It has happened often in front of where I work.

This is the problem with tax payers' money - it is often considered free & unlimited by those trusted to spend it. 

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3 hours ago, cobran20 said:

Labor backbencher Kimberley Kitching spending more on flights than most ministers

So the obvious question to ask is why is an opposition backbencher flying more often than senior government ministers and the travel still related to her role as an MP? If the flights are for Labor party purposes and paid by the party, then it is a private matter. If the taxpayers are funding the flights, then there should be public accountability.

 

She's a member of five Senate committees that have met in Canberra, Melbourne or Brisbane. She resides in Melbourne. A one way business class flight mel>Cbr is around $700, around $1100 to Brisbane. I think it's reasonable that we pay for her to return home at weekends. So $20k in 12 weeks doesn't raise any red flags for me.

There is the question of whether pollies should be travelling business class. I think they should be. 

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Also, is she organising her flights in an efficient manner, so as to use one flight to undertake multiple meetings/tasks that could be organised to occur on the same day(s)?

Who knows. But she doesn't set when parliament sits or is solely responsible for when and where committees meet. 

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Without knowing the details, on the surface it seems to be that she works as efficiently as the council planners for road works, when soon after they finish road works on a particular strip, they start excavating it again. It has happened often in front of where I work.

This is the problem with tax payers' money - it is often considered free & unlimited by those trusted to spend it. 

 

All big organisations make stupid decisions and rules in the name of efficiency and accountability. Govt and businesses. 

 

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34 minutes ago, zaph said:

Are you Andrew Bolt?

Read the blog, it would seem the penalty payment is way in excess of commercial interest rates. 

No I'm not.

If you look at the commercial penalties charged for late payments of unsecured loans, plus the normal interest that would have been accrued, the bill would have been higher.

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50 minutes ago, zaph said:

All big organisations make stupid decisions and rules in the name of efficiency and accountability. Govt and businesses. 

Difference is that businesses are forced to review their inefficiencies by the market and shareholders.

Governments are never under the same pressure.

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