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 Michael McCormack: a very superior ‘Village Idiot’ indeed!

17.06.20. You only have to watch Parliamentary Question Time to get the measure of Michael McCormack—never did such a robotic, gesticulating fool stand before the despatch box in the Parliament of Australia. A total arse that richly deserves Morning Mail’s kindly epithet of “Village Idiot!” It beggars belief and also exposes a failed system that allows such clot to become the deputy prime minister of a nation of about 25 million citizens. It’s no wonder that politicians have the standing of less than a used car salesman—as per the Reader’s Digest before it mysteriously ceased its annual survey of the most despised. Now read what the Village Idiot has done with your money in his arrogant contempt of taxpayers!
Michael McCormack and his wife took an RAAF jet costing taxpayers $4,600 an hour before watching the Melbourne Cup alongside celebrities including Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart. The deputy prime minister watched the event in November from Tabcorp’s VIP marquee after the gambling giant offered him free tickets.

Source: The Guardian and Daily Mail

Deputy prime minister took an RAAF special purpose jet – costing taxpayers $4,600 an HOUR – before partying with celebs in the VIP tent at the Melbourne Cup

To get to Melbourne, he and his wife Catherine took an RAAF special purpose jet, according to The Guardian which obtained emails from local councillors about the trip.
Michael McCormack and his wife Catherine (pictured at the Melbourne Cup) took an RAAF jet costing taxpayers $4,600 an hour before watching the race
The RAAF has two Boeing 737-700s which are used by senior government officials for domestic and international travel, each costing an estimated $4,600 an hour to run.
The couple landed in Melbourne on Sunday before Mr McCormack made an announcement about a community sports grant on Monday.
They watched the race on Tuesday and flew home on Wednesday, also billing the taxpayer for their return flights.
The announcement was to promote a $4million federal government grant for Stonnington City Council to build a new sports centre.
The money was announced three years ago by local federal MP Kelly O’Dwyer – but the centre has still not been built due to legal issues.
Local councillor Sally Davis told The Guardian the announcement was unnecessary.
The RAAF has two Boeing 737-700s (pictured at Wagga Wagga airport) which are used by senior government officials for domestic and international travel, costing an estimated $4,600 an hour to run
She said: ‘This is quite extraordinary. Kelly O’Dwyer announced/promoted this $4m election promise three years ago, so what is the rationale behind this repeat announcement?’
Under parliamentary rules, MPs can only claim travel expenses if their main purpose of travel is for work.
The expenses must provide ‘value for money’ and MPs must be ‘able to publicly defend’ them.
A spokesman for Mr McCormack said the trip was within the rules.
‘The deputy prime minister travels in accordance with the guidelines set by the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA).
‘[The IPEA] has confirmed the deputy prime minister’s parliamentary and ministerial work in Melbourne, where he was acting prime minister from 3 to 5 November 2019, accompanied by Mrs McCormack, adheres to the guidelines.’

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  • seadogger 17/06/2020, 6:45 am

    Not enough brains to conduct a “Pub Test”eh???? Saw him in QT this week ..had to switch it off. An outright buffoon.

    • Penguinite 17/06/2020, 8:40 am

      I thought Barnaby was bad enough but this guy takes the cake!

  • Honeybadger 17/06/2020, 7:50 am

    It is a well known rort that pollies are within the “rules” but knowingly abuse them. They ensure their travel to exclusive free sporting events (AFL Grand final, Australian Open, Melbourne Cup) always coincide with some announcement about grants or whatever, in person, to an organisation. Oink oink snouts in the trough.

    • Austin Ayforti 17/06/2020, 8:39 am

      I’ve had a total gutful of their “within the rules” bs, obviously that should read “within our rules”. Any and all “announcements” would be done “within my rules” by an electronic media release from their unused office only.

  • Popular Front 17/06/2020, 7:56 am

    I’m totally sick of hearing about shit like this. Get McCormack by the scruff of his neck, kick him in the arse and order him to get out his chequebook to repay the money for this little jaunt, his missus too. Don’t try to tell me she didn’t know this little trip to the ponies via the RAAF wasn’t a total rort.

  • John 17/06/2020, 8:34 am

    Fair comments. To be the devils advocate though many of the costs making up that$4600/hour are fixed and would still be outlayed. And it`s keeping wages coming in for the workers involved, the money stays in Australia. Which would not happen if say, Virgin was used. Owned by offshore including china and the middle east so I believe. If it`s not that blatant it`s not big numbers. If it`s recompense for living in Canberra its almost reasonable.

    • Austin Ayforti 17/06/2020, 8:46 am

      No recompense is necessary. They’re there by their personal choice, although being there is almost rare. Their choice always, it’s something to do with serving the public or is it serving themselves…

  • Geoff 17/06/2020, 8:35 am

    Not sure if we can blame the RAAF. Several reports have stated that private jet hire was used. However, typical MSM ‘journalism’, as the story is published before ‘fact check’.
    BTW, not accusing MM, at all.

  • Lorraine 17/06/2020, 8:36 am

    Members of the Nationals are accepting this village idiot as their leader, have they any brains, who follows this pied piper. Much as the Liberals installed the failed Member to replace Tony Abbott, both prove to us the voters ,,,,the pat my back is alive and well

  • DT 17/06/2020, 2:47 pm

    Unfortunately, because I do not “hate” PH as alleged, she is breaking news regarding abuse of expense account for fund raising trip tp Perth WA.

    Similar amount reported.

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