Every Day Should Be A Holiday

Posted: March 1, 2013 in Local Politics, Politics

It is just as well that the NSW Auditor General found the $1Billion that Barry O’Farrell and Mike Baird lost, the only problem is Andrew Stoner wants it all.

It is no wonder that the Liberals have been forced to make massive cuts in all sorts of places like education, health, and public service entitlements in NSW, they need it to spend on their National Party mates.

The biggest and most expensive government in NSW history are just like Hood Robin, that is Robin Hood in reverse. Taking from the poor by way of service cuts, and giving to the rich in tax breaks and parliamentary allowances.

Andrew Stoner, leader of the NSW National Party, Deputy Premier, and proud owner of probably the largest snout in the trough caused a bit of a stir this week.

The Liberals and Nationals regularly meet to discuss parliamentary allowances

The Liberals and Nationals regularly meet to discuss parliamentary allowances

You see unlike every Deputy Premier in the past who considered it an honour and a privilege to be the Acting Premier, poor old Andrew Stoner finds it all a bit of a burden. Maybe it is because Premier O’Farrell has a tendency to go on holidays during bushfire or flood emergencies, maybe it’s because he struggles with the pressure, or maybe it’s just greed, but Stoner has decided that while he is acting as Premier he needs $1000 extra a week.

For those of us living in the real world, $1000 in a week equates to your mortgage or rent, and probably the weeks groceries as well. For Stoner it is just extra spending money for having his face on the TV a bit more.

There have been those who have been critical of Stoner for going for the cash-grab at the tax-payers expense, however there may be another reason for his desperate need for cash.

Stoner needs “spending money” for when he goes away.

Stoner spends so much time away he needs a big map behind him to tell him where he is

Stoner spends so much time away he needs a big map behind him to tell him where he is

It is becoming apparent that Stoner has the travel bug, maybe it’s even an addiction. Stoner has taken $169,000 from us to travel the world. Billing the taxpayer for trips to China, Korea, Japan and the United States, often with his wife.

This $169,000 that we have paid out for his apparent holidays going by the below picture, is just his International travel also. It is no wonder he is hitting up Barry for the extra grand a week, all those souvenirs cost a bomb.

Stoner with his wife. Your tax dollars at work....

Stoner with his wife. Your tax dollars at work….

Aside from being the Deputy Premier, Andrew Stoner is also the Minister for Trade and Investment. I don’t pretend to be the greatest advisor  when it comes to investments, but I do know a bad investment when I see one and I can tell when an investment is only going to cost the state money.

There has been one investment made by Mr Stoner that is only going to continue to weigh down the state. This investment will only cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in expense and wastage in the future as it has done so already. Although at $238 it may not seem like much of an investment, the real cost to this state is much greater.

The investment I speak of is Andrew Stoners Passport.

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Comments
  1. Dave says:

    Jeezes!

  2. Richard says:

    Sorry Peter, a cheap shot.
    I get sick of this criticism when it comes from the MSM about the Gillard Government and I find it unhelpful when I see it here.
    Way more important things to worry about than this.

    • wixxy says:

      Whilst I can understand what you mean, I don’t think they should be making serious cuts and spending like drunken sailors.

      If this has been a Labor MP there would be outrage…

      But I take your point

  3. Marilyn says:

    I am more annoyed that Arthur Sinodinos has so many links to the deadly Eddie Obeid, who has not been found guilty of anything yet, and he is buried on page 12 of the Limited news stable.

  4. Marilyn says:

    And why do FWA think they can still hound Thomson over nothing much when they don’t chase and hunt down any other person in this way?

    When are our worthless media going to point that out to them.

  5. Matt says:

    The important claim that stands out for me in this piece is that this is the “biggest and most expensive government in NSW history”. Is this really true? And if so then this article is fair and should be far more newsworthy. Also if true than this government is shifting public money from public services to prop up private interests, and that is shameful, especially when it impacts on the areas of health and education which should be fundamental rights for all people in a society.

    • wixxy says:

      Yes it’s true, Barry owed so many favors to those in factions when he became Premier he had to appoint extra Parliamentary Secretaries to appease them, despite an election promise of a smaller govt, we ended up with a bigger one.

      There were some rumblings about this early after the election but they never really gained traction…

  6. Heather says:

    So how does he get away with this sort of spending, while Slipper gets charged for around $900 excess and Thomson for a $12 icecream?

  7. Justice Denied. says:

    Check out John Pandazoupolos’, Victorian Labor M.P., Facebook page and check out his annual trip to Greece via Galipolli and his use of dead diggers with tenuous links to Greece to promote these trips. The man is shameless.

    • wixxy says:

      I don’t know about him really, however he is in opposition and is not spending like a drunken sailor and asking for pay rises whilst making record cuts to public services.

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