Media Release: Transparency The Only Solution To Prevent Entitlement Abuse

Media Release: Transparency The Only Solution To Prevent Entitlement Abuse

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance today launched a new campaign calling for all politicians to publish their travel, its cost, and its purpose on an easily accessible website within 7 days of it being taken

“Every year there is another travel scandal, and every year politicians promise to fix the system – but nothing ever changes” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. “You won’t end our politicians’ age of entitlement by tweaking the rules or appointing new bureaucrats. There is only solution – full openness, transparency and accountability to the Australian people. It is only when voters know how every cent is our money is being spent, that we can be assured it will be spent properly.

“The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance today launched a new campaign calling for every politicians and their staff member to publish online their travel, its cost, and its purpose, within 7 days of it being taken. Let all Australians be the judge of what is right – and what is wrong. It is our money, and we have the right to know how it is being spent

“When bringing in legislation to allow police to spy on everything we do online, our politicians assured us that  if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. The same rule should now apply to them. If they have nothing to hide, then they should welcome this campaign without question.

“Professor Alan Fels recommended this as part of an independent review back in 2010. There is no reason why it should not be done today.

“Opening the books to scrutiny is the only way to make a difference.  At the end of the day, we pay for their travel and we have a right to know what they do with it. It’s as simple as that.”

For more information on the campaign please visit: https://www.taxpayers.org.au/travelentitlementreform/

Media Contact: Tim Andrews, Executive Director, Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. Mobile: 0434064934
Email: tandrews@taxpayers.org.au

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