Julie Bishop uses taxpayer money to attend AFL grand final

Julie Bishop defends her use of taxpayer money to pay for her day at the AFL Grand Final.

Julie Bishop uses taxpayer money to attend AFL grand final

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is in the firing line for using taxpayer funds to pay for her day at the AFL grand final on Saturday.

Ms Bishop has defended passing on the charges to the taxpayer, saying she was invited to the “significant international event” in an official capacity and that her travel claims were “within parliamentary entitlements”.

“The AFL is a significant international event and I support political leaders – the Prime Minister and Bill Shorten and others – attending the AFL Grand Final to show our support for this game and for the organisation,” Ms Bishop told Barrie Cassidy on Insiders.

“As Foreign Minister I work very closely with the AFL in our aid program, bringing the AFL sport to the Asia-Pacific. It is part of our aid program in the Pacific island nations.

“I was invited in my official capacity as a partner of the AFL and I was pleased to attend.”

Ms Bishop has previously been in the spotlight for her use of taxpayer funds to attend sporting events. Not only is this her fourth consecutive grand final appearance, but she’s also allegedly spent tens of thousands visiting towns in which her team, the West Coast Eagles, were playing. She’s also been accused of flaunting funds to attend the Portsea Polo match in 2016.

She was not the only Federal MP in attendance on Saturday. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Greens leader Richard Di Natale and Health Minister Greg Hunt were also there.

Each year, Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten speak at the AFL Grand Final Breakfast.

North Melbourne Football Club Chairman Ben Buckley joked about the MPs in attendance, saying, “Coincidentally at 5:30pm there’s an emergency meeting of the Federal Cabinet International Relations Committee in the Yarra Room at the MCG”.

Controversy and joking aside, it is within parliamentary rules for Federal MPs to use taxpayers’ money to attend sporting events in an official capacity.

Do you think it’s okay for MPs to charge taxpayers to attend sporting events? Or should the costs be borne by the organisations that have invited them? Is this another example of MP ‘entitlement’?

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    Arisaid
    2nd Oct 2017
    10:34am
    How entitled do these people think they are!!! As for AFL being a "significant international event" who does she think she is kidding. Julie Bishop needs to understand that Public Joe wants the days of entitlement over, and over now.
    BettyBoo
    2nd Oct 2017
    2:23pm
    Totally agree.
    GeorgeM
    2nd Oct 2017
    4:54pm
    Absolutely. Nothing to do with her portfolio.
    Ausdigga
    2nd Oct 2017
    10:41am
    Is there anybody left in Australia who is actually suprised at the arrogance of politicians in the way they milk the public teat ??
    Hobbit
    2nd Oct 2017
    11:10am
    I thought the age of entitlement was over
    mogo51
    2nd Oct 2017
    11:13am
    All the fat cows head to MCG to put their heads in the trough. Total abuse of public money and disregard for the people of Australia.
    B5YCK
    2nd Oct 2017
    11:37am
    Their heads in the trough?
    I think their front trotters as well.
    Argydubbaya
    12th Oct 2017
    8:44pm
    Wish they'd all drown in their own bs.
    downunder
    2nd Oct 2017
    11:14am
    Yes, they do and worst of all they think they are entitled to it
    Gerry
    2nd Oct 2017
    11:16am
    I look forward to the postal survey on MP's entitlements lol
    Hobbit
    2nd Oct 2017
    12:15pm
    Great Idea
    BettyBoo
    2nd Oct 2017
    2:24pm
    Let's make it a referendum and make it binding.
    Triss
    2nd Oct 2017
    3:06pm
    I'm with you. Betty Boo.
    Gerry
    2nd Oct 2017
    11:16am
    I look forward to the postal survey on MP's entitlements lol
    disillusioned
    2nd Oct 2017
    11:23am
    This government splashes our money around for their own benefit and that of their "mates" in Big Business, and is driving us deeper and deeper into fiscal debt! Of course, they blame Labor for their own excesses, even though this is their second term in office. This "same-sex marriage" survey is their latest folly, with "survey" forms being scattered around and not delivered, etc, costing over $110 million of OUR money better spent elsewhere, because they didn't have the gumption to take a simple vote in parliament, which would have settled the matter. They also slug our superannuation funds and age pensions, but keep awarding themselves bigger and better wages. pensions and perks! Disgusting!!
    KSS
    2nd Oct 2017
    12:18pm
    If you have evidence of voting papers not being delivered and just dumped then I suggest you photograph the 'scattered survey forms' and take it to the police. It is an offence to interfere with the mail and the errant postie should be found and appropriately dealt with. Likewise any evidence of people robbing letterboxes. Of course there is the possibility you actually have no evidence and are simply repeating more fake news.
    Triss
    2nd Oct 2017
    3:33pm
    The Sydney Morning Herald and Illawarra Mercury both had photos of piles of SSM survey envelopes dumped outside of apartment blocks so I don't think it was fake news, KSS. Check it out.
    Tom Tank
    2nd Oct 2017
    11:30am
    How do they breathe with their snouts so far into the trough?
    TREBOR
    4th Oct 2017
    9:52am
    Through their rear orifices.... same as they speak....
    old frt
    2nd Oct 2017
    11:59am
    Just because it is within Parliamentary entitlement guidelines does not make it acceptable to the voters.
    MP's need to take a step back and stop believing they are a class(or more) above the people who put them into the office they hold.
    Arisaid
    2nd Oct 2017
    12:01pm
    It sure aint acceptable to me!
    Eclair
    2nd Oct 2017
    12:06pm
    Compared to the millions they are blowing on the totally unnecessary SSM vote, this is peanuts. We elect them to do a job and make decisions on our behalf. Instead they outsource the decision making back to us . . . but never the perks.
    Arisaid
    2nd Oct 2017
    12:12pm
    I didn't receive an invitation to the "significant international event", did you? Just wish they would get on with the job of governing this country cause they sure as heck aren't doing much of it at the moment. As for the postal vote - Ugh - what a waste of money. Could have done a John Howard and had it passed through in minutes.
    Triss
    2nd Oct 2017
    3:37pm
    It might be peanuts, Eclair, but peanuts can eventually become a mountain and, anyhow, it doesn't matter if it's $500 or $5 million it's not for them to shovel into their own pockets.
    Poppa Bear
    2nd Oct 2017
    12:11pm
    Disillusioned, do your eyes automatically close when it mentions a labor mp is mentioned adversely in an article where both sides do the wrong thing? If you read again, I am positive that Bill Shorten had a gong too.
    Arisaid
    2nd Oct 2017
    12:13pm
    The whole b............ lot of them.
    Not a Bludger
    2nd Oct 2017
    12:12pm
    Politicians and NGO etc people should pay for sporting functions and the like out of their own pockets.

    Using taxpayers monies is absolutely unconsionable.
    ray from Bondi
    2nd Oct 2017
    5:22pm
    here here
    Anonymous
    2nd Oct 2017
    6:51pm
    fully agree
    BrianP
    2nd Oct 2017
    12:15pm
    When are we going to stop bleating and actually DO something about the political con artists?
    Patriot
    2nd Oct 2017
    1:09pm
    Correct BrianP, "Letting off Steam" only distracts us from the real task: "Keeping the Bastardfs Honest at ALL TIMES"!
    Polly Esther
    2nd Oct 2017
    2:13pm
    Yes, well off you go then BrianP, that's something for you to do.
    Sock it to them
    Triss
    2nd Oct 2017
    3:39pm
    I'll join you, BrianP.
    GeorgeM
    2nd Oct 2017
    4:46pm
    Go ahead, BrianP, if you start a petition maybe it will set in motion a movement to get rid of these parasites! Lots of support here.
    Gerry
    2nd Oct 2017
    12:26pm
    Julie Bishop defends charging taxpayer to attend the AFL grand final

    http://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/afl/2017/10/01/julie-bishop-afl-grand-final-travel-expenses/
    Knight Templar
    2nd Oct 2017
    12:37pm
    Why the selective criticism of Julie Bishop. The fact is that politicians of all political persuasions, the PM, Opposition Leader, Greens leader et al used taxpayer funds to attend the AFL Grand Final ... presumably many of these characters also attended the NRL Grand Final and several other sporting events during the year ... at taxpayer expense.

    They are all equally guilty of having their grubby hands in the cookie jar!!
    Arisaid
    2nd Oct 2017
    1:18pm
    If you read the comments, we are not saying "JUST" Julie Bishop we are saying the LOT of them. All of those spurious entitlements for fringe activity supposedly in the name of community involvement or whatever.
    BettyBoo
    2nd Oct 2017
    2:28pm
    The greens leader paid for himself
    Anonymous
    2nd Oct 2017
    6:47pm
    bettyboo are you that innocent to think your comments are true!!!!!
    MICK
    3rd Oct 2017
    3:26pm
    Proof me hearty right wing stoolie. Show us the money????? I'll bring the rope if you have a leg to stand on.
    TREBOR
    4th Oct 2017
    9:57am
    Amazing that on their salaries they can't afford the plane fare - how many cafeteria workers flew down from North Queensland out of their own pocket to see the NRL GF? They'd be handed a ticket by the mates who invited them, and they have no parliamentary duty to attend, so its a private affair pure and simple.

    These people in parliament really need their heads pulled in and right now. It's disgusting - and I already said elsewhere that I was sure countless others would be doing the same thing as La Bishop Mk II, who also attended Liberal party functions on the public purse.

    Again - Party business is NOT government business - for any party.

    An absolute hide.
    bebby
    4th Oct 2017
    4:07pm
    Julie Bishop actually described her attendance necessary as it was an "International Event", since when?
    john no
    2nd Oct 2017
    12:50pm
    misuse of tax payer funds? Why is it acceptable that any entertainment cost can be claimed as tax refundable?, politicians are just using the same lerks and perks as their masters, every non P.A.Y.E. tax payer life style is supported by a subsidy, weather a convention in LAS VEGAS or work shop on the Gold Coast.
    TREBOR
    4th Oct 2017
    10:00am
    So I can claim a refund for an NRL ticket? Good-o..... oh - you said NON PAYE - well put. You are correct - La Bishop would have been gifted the ticket to the private box which would all be tax deductible.

    There need to be some serious lines drawn over the entitlements of business as well. I don't see anyone going to the football so they can scope out the advertising on the wall of a private box and a football game is not the venue for a business meeting .... it's a rort pure and simple.
    Eddy
    2nd Oct 2017
    12:52pm
    Mrs Bishop's reasoning that she attended the AFL GF at public expense as part of her portfolio responsibilities are very tenuous to say the least. Members of parliament, in particular ministers, should be extremely circumspect in their use of taxpayers funds for what may be construed as a 'private jaunt'. I can understand the PM's attendance as part of his responsibility as head of government, and I presume the Leader of the Opposition, being a Melbourne resident, did not need to incur any expenses (tram fare excluded).
    Waiting to retire at 70
    2nd Oct 2017
    1:37pm
    She, like all today's politicians, has almost unlimited ability to ignore her ignorance.

    Does she actually believe what she is saving? Or is she so contemptuous of others, she thinks we will believe her?

    You say delusional,
    ... hmmm ...
    I say, she needs our pity.
    hedi
    2nd Oct 2017
    1:55pm
    It couldn't get any more worse . Now we have to pay for their entertainment where ever they want to go. How about giving pensioners a bit more money , that would be nice.
    floss
    2nd Oct 2017
    2:57pm
    Bugger the two main parties we will now be supporting the Dick Smith instigated party. I hope the next elected party will do a better job , time will tell.All we see now is greed and more greed they are setting a bad example for the real Australians.
    Triss
    2nd Oct 2017
    3:48pm
    I've always believed that multimillionaires should not be voted into parliament and it's been proved time and time again. Once in a position of power they use it to expand personal fortunes and those of their wealthy mates.
    TREBOR
    4th Oct 2017
    10:04am
    Full cycle, Triss - and another issue I've raised elsewhere - once upon a time only persons above a certain net worth had a vote etc - nowadays it is clear that only those below a certain net wealth have any real idea of the real needs of government, so those above a certain net worth should be excluded for obvious reasons, such as they are only feathering their own nests and those of their mates and flatly refuse to deal with the issues. All it is to them is a business opportunity and the Sellout Liberals are the worst there, with Labor running a close second.

    We need to get rid of the lot and start again.

    (once again - for my long-running theme elsewhere - you can see when, where and why a 'strong, centralised, controlling government' comes into play.... far too many people display a real need to be placed under tight control - and then everyone is under the same control etc and so it goes)....
    Gee Whiz
    2nd Oct 2017
    3:08pm
    Julie Bishop has always taken advantage of taxpayers. She is nothing more than showoff cloths horse.

    She and her toy-boy fly and stay first class around the world and attend numerous sporting events.

    Rumor has it that she has an open taxpayer funded account that pays for all of her designer clothes and shoes and also the boyfriend.

    She has done nothing for this country except bludge off the taxpayer.
    GeorgeM
    2nd Oct 2017
    4:50pm
    I agree, she's one of the worst for ripping off the taxpayer. Also, she hands out taxpayers money overseas to gain popularity for herself. She is also one of the worst performers, as I can't think of anything she has achieved. Nothing positive about her!

    As noted in another comment above, it's time for a petition to get rid of her.
    Triss
    2nd Oct 2017
    3:27pm
    It maybe “within parliamentary entitlements” but who decided on what parliamentary entitlements should be? Not the taxpayers. Sorry, Julie, but in my opinion, the 'Honourable' in front of your name is a misnomer.
    It is time parliament was made to accept that a bunch of MPs got together and made corrupt rules which lined their own pockets to the detriment of Australian taxpayers.
    JAID
    2nd Oct 2017
    4:42pm
    Yes Triss, politicians made the rules but they also faced the ballot box.

    Sometimes incomes and 'entitlements' seem generous but they may not always seem that way. If a politician, single handedly were able to lift the health and happiness, even wealth of 25 million Australians just 5%, i wonder would anybody deny them, say a million a year in grand final tickets and clothers to wear to those. Most of us would say: "if that's the current price of happiness, go for it."

    Would some here, set aside politics and consider Julie Bishop's work in the context of the particular political aims which have seen her elected and projected to her present responsibility. Then, ask whether the job done is a significant response in the context of those aims. I think there is little doubt that Ms Bishop has performed very strongly with that proviso.

    There is another strength which Julie Bishop projects. She more perhaps than any other local politician has managed to present power as natural to either gender. She has always looked and thought beyond gender based role, never letting it get in the way, become an excuse or a rally cry. She simply expects to do a job knowing that gender is insignificant in the face of general capability and a nation's aims.
    Triss
    2nd Oct 2017
    9:49pm
    Can't agree with you, Jaid. Being a politician is a job and they are paid a decent salary and expected to do that job properly. I don't believe that putting your fingers in the till is acceptable just because you do a job that you're paid to do.
    JAID
    2nd Oct 2017
    4:19pm
    I am not sure why people take an interest in either the AFL or Grand Finals but many do and I wish them the best.

    Our sport functions may not be laden with quite the pomp and ceremony of US functions but we are well on the way to that. I suspect that with that ceremony, those many who (perhaps short-sightedly) laud their finals as the be all to end all expect official recognition. They expect to see the object of their particular spectatorial passion dignified. Just as they see sports people as heros they see those riding the machinery of power as dignifiers.

    There may be better ways for humans to see the world but it can't reasonbly be for you or I to tell people how to think. If they want heroes and they want them dignified that is their right and democracy responds to the force of numbers. Don't blame the politicians, change us.
    Julian
    2nd Oct 2017
    5:03pm
    Most of the 90000 who attended were also there to officially support the game, but they paid with their own money.

    Isn't she paid enough?? Surely there were many more diehards who couldnt afford ticket prices but managed to scrape together the dough to be there.

    Confirmation that the age of entitlement is here to stay.
    musicveg
    3rd Oct 2017
    1:03am
    I was thinking the same thing, I thought they could afford to pay their own way to a sporting event, what do they spend their wages on?
    TREBOR
    4th Oct 2017
    10:06am
    Investments that will allow them tax deduction so they pay minimal tax as well... why spend your own money when your running costs are all paid out of the public purse? Rather set yourself up for life with your salary.
    Willfish
    2nd Oct 2017
    5:40pm
    So can I claim a tax deduction for my fishing boat and gear so I can take my secretary fishing - strictly to discuss work issues of course!!!! Oh, sorry, forgot. I am not a politician!!
    Rocky
    2nd Oct 2017
    8:16pm
    I don't care who is in power or who the opposition is they ALL take advantage of the Taxpayers pockets and have done for decades it's just now we have ways of finding out sooner rather than later
    Get Real
    2nd Oct 2017
    8:49pm
    Really politicians don't give a stuff about tax payers (those they represent) and are always quick to spin words to justify their means!! Stupidly they believe we're gullible enough to believe
    them. Like the rubbish T.Abbott has gone on with this week! Dave
    musicveg
    3rd Oct 2017
    1:05am
    Another waste of taxpayers money. I can't complain I just got a $4 a fortnight rise in my newstart allowance. I can at least now afford to buy a couple of scratchie tickets and have my entertainment for the week.
    keviosays
    3rd Oct 2017
    9:13am
    Yep nose in the trough again
    MICK
    3rd Oct 2017
    1:29pm
    Here we go again. Right wing pollies who break the law and say 'not us'. The citizenship debacle is still brewing and the well paid bastards are into the money pot for all they can take.
    We need an election as this lot have done their dash. Many of them should be in prison rather than parliament.
    musicveg
    3rd Oct 2017
    1:51pm
    I agree, bunch of crooks, in bed with Adani, they want to allow the company unlimited access to the artesian basin for Charmichael mine on a 60 year lease! That is water for Australia, for Australian farmers and for our food production!
    MICK
    3rd Oct 2017
    3:33pm
    Much worse than that. Ignoring the bribing of public officials, police and elected officials as well as stealing from shareholders as this crook sends profits to his and his brother's tax haven we need to look at what this project is going to do to farmers and the Great Artesian Basin.
    The intention is to take unlimited amounts of water from farmers. The effects on the artesian basin are unspecified as well other than guarantees which are not worth the paper they are written on.
    Adani is reputed to be the most crooked company on the planet so we need to ask ourselves why the Queensland PM, Abbott and Turnbull are falling over themselves to give it our money for a rail link.
    I smell a rat and the stench from Adani is intolerable.....with the current coal conflicted government falling over itself to defraud the nation. There must be some pretty serious bribery in action here for this to happen. Federal ICAC needed to investigate as the government and opposition seem to have no interest in giving the public what it deserves, the truth.
    Anonymous
    3rd Oct 2017
    9:07pm
    labor micky, for once could you post a real comment and provide us with the facts of your accusations of bribes and crooked deals being done by the government, we all know what labor did, see whitlam's deal with the middle east money lender, rudd promises, on the back of a beer coaster after having a gutful of that beautiful amber we call V.B, micky show us some real facts and back them up that adani is the most crooked company on the planet and this government falling over itself to defraud the nation, you talk about serious bribery yet you have never come up with any proof of your accusations, be a man, if that is possible and show us, the readers of these columns proof of your accusations, I await your comment with abated breath, this also go for musicveg, I don't ask for much, just back up your claims and if you can't it will show you to be nothing more then a lot of hot air., I back the later!
    musicveg
    3rd Oct 2017
    10:14pm
    I guess it depends on who you choose to believe heemskerk99.
    http://adanifiles.com.au/
    Dollars over Respect?
    3rd Oct 2017
    2:36pm
    Plainly this is just another rort! Our taxes should be used for the benefit of the community, not potential photo ops for politicians. Attending a sporting event is a personal expense, never a taxpayers expense. If a sporting organisation issues anyone an invitation, it should be paid by the sporting organisation - they want something out of the expense after all (funding or being seen 'rubbing' shoulders with people 'in powerful positions'...all ego, and arrogance. Julie Bishop you are not 'entitled' to spend my taxes on your entertainment.
    floss
    3rd Oct 2017
    6:59pm
    Did you watch Four Corners on ABC, it backs up your comment Mick it is a must see, how can it be true this Government has to go.
    Anonymous
    3rd Oct 2017
    9:10pm
    typical floss, believes in the abc
    TREBOR
    4th Oct 2017
    9:41am
    "Ms Bishop has defended passing on the charges to the taxpayer, saying she was invited to the “significant international event” in an official capacity and that her travel claims were “within parliamentary entitlements”."

    She was invited as a private citizen, there is no government or ministerial business involved, and that it was 'within entitlements' proves once and for all that the 'entitlements' are wrongfully based.
    JAID
    4th Oct 2017
    10:25am
    I don't comment now on Ms Bishop's use but wish parliament would get rid of the term "entitlements." It carries with it a sense that there are extras which come with whatever the job.

    There should be no 'extras' simply valid expenses (I suppose like postage for messages explaining to the electorate available services or outage of service," or, expenses which are not valid for claiming (or should not be,) maybe like "self promotion." (BTW politicians have funded elements of self promotion, that pongs.")

    "Extras" can come with any job but they, or part of their use, would be classed for taxation as being in lieu of payment clarifying that they or part of them are not truly extras but tools provided, Maybe a reasonable one of these should be use of a 4WD for service in a desert area, then, use beyond core duties would be taxable if not refundable.

    4th Oct 2017
    5:35pm
    Yawn - we have more important issues to deal with rather than this trivial crap.
    Economy is growing, and that;s thanks to common sense policies by this government, but we can do better.
    Havent seen many large infrastructure projects - we need to upgrade our roads, airports and transportation systems.
    Cmon MT - get cracking
    inextratime
    7th Oct 2017
    10:53am
    Raphael. Wrong topic. Stick to the script please. Trying to deflect from this issue to minimise the principal behind the thinking of JB's action is a cynical attempt to defend the indefensible.
    retroy
    9th Oct 2017
    1:57pm
    Did you mean principle?
    Pamiea
    7th Oct 2017
    2:15pm
    I believe she was a cow when she worked at Clayton Utz in Perth. Seems she still thinks she is an entitled princess!!
    Arisaid
    7th Oct 2017
    2:21pm
    I've heard that too.
    anonysubscribe
    17th Oct 2017
    4:38pm
    this is corrupt. such politicians have no ethical or moral fibre. they pretend to lead by example. their public servants would be charged for this behaviour.
    *Loloften*
    20th Nov 2017
    3:13am
    Pollies must be invited guests of the AFL or one of the Grand Final teams, unless they "bribed" 'em to be invited. Either way whoever invited 'em should pay, not us. Sickens me to continue hearing/seeing how often & how enormously we so-called "average Joe-blows" are being rorted by Pollies, including dear old pensioners who also pay taxes via GST, stamp duties et al when down-size + again when buy a "tiny house."
    jamesmn
    22nd Nov 2017
    9:22am
    she is unreal she should be charged with fraud who do these pollies think they are if you in the private sector you would not get away with this this is not her first time at ripping of the taxpayers ???.
    JAID
    22nd Nov 2017
    9:48am
    Seems to me that in most domains people are happy to have their senior political figures present or officiate at sports events. Where it is all part of the scenery and game hoohah then no, those figures should not necessarily pay.

    Still, the less game hoohah we can encourage the better...just like the costs of government.
    udo1103
    3rd Jun 2018
    1:34pm
    i can't find the right words to express my disgust about these creatures...


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