We need to talk about: corporate and political entitlements

By Anon 25th February 2014 Our new government says the age of entitlement is over, so lets look at why that’s a good idea. If you export a product Austrade gives you grants for ‘promotional activities’ up to $150,000 a year, for eight years. The Export Grant Scheme is worth $150 million per year and runs until 2016. The Australian Institute of Export says it allows business to commit to: “Extra advertising, create new marketing materials, engage marketing consultants, undertake more trips to prospective markets, and set up promotional offices overseas”. On a “marketing visit” you get $300 a day for accommodation, entertainment and living expenses, oh, and a 65 […]

The fruitless push for a Parliamentarians’ code of conduct

By Rose Iser 16 October 2013 The latest spate of entitlements scandals is unlikely to bring about a code of conduct for federal parliamentarians given that, for the past 40 years, multiple attempts to enact a code have failed. Since 1975, federal leaders and parliamentarians have investigated the possibility of a code of conduct, but reports and proposals have never resulted in a wide-ranging code covering the behaviour of MPs. In 1980, the House of Representatives noted a report from the Bowen Committee, chaired by the Chief Justice of the Federal Court, Sir Nigel Bowen, recommending changes to Standing Orders to enforce a code of conduct – a breach of which […]