9 January 2017
Ley’s expenses scandal – more evidence of why we need a national ICAC
The latest MP expenses scandal involving Health Minister Sussan Ley further strengthens the case for both a National Anti-Corruption Commission and a major overhaul of the use of MP allowances, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
“This scandal will not be the last involving an MP abusing public money. It should be a wakeup call for the Turnbull government,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“The Ley expense scandal adds to the growing public cynicism about politicians.
“The Prime Minister’s response needs to be much stronger than just reprimanding the Health Minister. Both sides of politics too often soft peddle on these scandals.
“There is a systemic problem with the parliamentary rules that cover MPs using public money for their parliamentary work – they are so unclear MPs can get away with claims that do not meet the common sense test. Minister Ley’s numerous trips to the Gold Coast illustrates this point.
“How many MP expense scandals will it take for the Turnbull government to establish a National Anti-Corruption Commission and adopt far reaching changes to how MPs use public money for their parliamentary work?
“The Greens are calling for the immediate adoption of the recommendations from the inquiry arising from the Bronwyn Bishop helicopter scandal.
“This must just be seen as the first step in a major overhaul of the rules which must clearly define what constitutes ‘parliamentary business’ ”, Senator Rhiannon said.