Wednesday 11th January 2017 - 12:33 pm

It’s one rule for them…and

by Alan Thornhill

Malcolm Turnbull’s government pays the expenses claims submitted by its ministers – without checking – but intimidates ordinary, honest Australians on social security, by sending them demanding letters, according to a Labor aligned research organization.

 

 

GetUp Campaigns Director Mark Connelly said since announcing their campaign against the Debt threat program, GetUp has received a flood of stories over email and social media from people complaining about incorrect letters.

 

 

The Social Security Minister,  Christian Porter, a close associate of Mr Turnbull, had defended the program saying the government had received only 276 complaints about it.

 

 

GetUp Campaigns Director Mark Connelly said the minister simply cpuld not make such a claim, in view of thr evidence against it.

 

 

Malcolm Turnbull’s government pays the expenses claims submitted by its ministers – without checking – but intimidates ordinary, honest Australians on social security, by sending them demanding letters, according to a Labor aligned research organization.

 

“The Minister’s claim simply doesn’t stack up with what we’re seeing and hearing from community,” Mr lConnelly said. I

 

“If he’s not hearing the complaints, then he’s just not listening, or he’s galactically out of touch with everyday Australians.

 

“In just one Facebook post on our page, we’ll see 276 complaints about the Turnbull Government’s debt threat letters,” he added.

 

In later developments, the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, said she had not claimed travel allowance, while attending a party hosted by Mr Turnbull.

 

Three other ministers made similar claims.

 

“The Minister’s claim simply doesn’t stack up with what we’re seeing and hearing from community ” Mr Connelly said.

 

 

“If he’s not hearing the complaints, then he’s just not listening, or he’s galactically out of touch with everyday Australians,” he added.

 

 

In later developments, the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, said she had not claimed travel allowance, while attending a party hosted by Mr Turnbull.

 

Three other ministers made similar claims.

 

The former Health Minister Sussan Ley was forced tor resign after she was found to have conducted private business, while traveling at publoc expense.


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