Politicians named as the big winner in budget update

Another budget and another round of cuts for welfare recipients around the country. While most of the country is being
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Scott Morrison has handed out a win for our politicians.

Another budget and another round of cuts for welfare recipients around the country.

While most of the country is being asked to tighten their belts for the greater good of the economy, one group of people is celebrating a big win from yesterday’s budget update: our politicians.

As reporters around the country delve deeper into the mid-year review it’s becoming clearer and clearer that while pensioners where asked to deal with cuts, our pollies were granted a range of new perks.

Treasurer Scott Morrison awarded a whopping $47.8 million to MPs for offices, staff and parking. It turns out seven MPs in particular will receive the biggest win, with those running electorates bigger than 350,000 square kilometres taking the majority of the cash.

While roads and carparks in suburbs around the country are in dire need of updating, the carpark at Parliament House will receive a $3.9 million upgrade for staffers and MPs.

The news has divided many with some angry everyday Aussies are being asked to cut back, while politicians don’t seem to be financially affected at all.

However, others say it’s all par for the course and we have to expect things like this to happen.

But what about pensioners and over 60s out there doing it tough? Should they be expected to sit back and accept cuts to their own finances while their local and federal members reap the rewards?

Politicians’ allowances have long been a sore point for many, with MPs gifted thousands of dollars every year to spend on travel, food and a whole lot more.

What do you think about this? Does it make you angry? Or is it something people just have to deal with?

  1. lurch  

    All the pigs with their snouts in the trough as usual. We get told to tighten our belts but they let theirs out to grab what they have taken off us.

    • Mary  

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. I don’t know how they can face the public. They should all be ashamed of themselves. Take half of their salaries away, take away their “entitlements”and see how long they would stay in the job.

      • Ann Ryan  

        That is exactly why they are in the job. It has nothing to do with public service or for the people, it is just about building their empires.

  2. Dee  

    They are a disgrace. I wonder if they are actually aware of how angry the general public is and of how low they are regarded. They have just stolen from me to pay for these perks. I despise every last one of them.

  3. Ted Smith  

    what do you expect, all pollies are interested in is their own perks, the electors and taxpayers are only a means to an end.

  4. Bob  

    The Liberals in full flight. Cash to corporates to build bigger warehouses to hold China made goods for distribution and destroy Australian manufacturing (Growth & Jobs I don’t think so !) – whilst cutting the legs of those least able to to look after their selves e.g. poor children being denied dental care. Generally putting the boot into the average family and pensioner whilst boosting the fortunes of their own. Shame upon Turnbull and his collective of miserable despots.

    • Jayne  

      I don’t see anyone from any party opposing these measures. Does that clarify the real moral difference between the ALP and the LNP for you?

  5. Don Morgan  

    BE AFRAID THE PEOPLE WILL TURN YOU WILL BE SORRY THINK OF TRUMP ONLY THING IS ONCE YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED YOU WILL STILL GET YOUR PERKS> HOPE YOU WILL FEEL THE DAGGERS IN YOUR BACK

  6. Albert Wilson  

    I THINK IT IS TIME MR SCOTT MORRISON GOT AN APPROPRIATE NICKNAME SOMETHING LIKE SMIRKER THE JERKER
    YOU ONLY HAVE TO LOOK AT HIM AND HE IS ALWAYS SMIRKING
    AND EVERY TIME HE MAKES A STATEMENT YOU ALSO KNOW HE IS A JERKER

    • Jeanne  

      He is also a preacher of gloom and doom but had no qualms about spending money on politics and useless referendums

  7. Naomi  

    Omfg…..liberal, liberal, liberal, cnt get enough of these crooks . The need to be put in jail coz they are stealing from pensioners and low income families. How f#%^ rude..

    • Cheryl  

      Yes how true should leave the pensions alone The elderly have worked all there lives they should be aloud to keep there full pension

    • Mick  

      Sadly Naomi, it’s not just the Liberals. Federal politicians’ salary and allowances are set by the Parliamentary Remuneration Tribunal and I can’t remember the politicians ever voting to reject the Tribunal’s findings.

  8. Judith  

    They are completely out of touch with the “common man”……but of course they are only looking after themselves…what do they care that the huge majority of the population struggle…great sets of blinkers and total arrogance and disregard for others…keep topping up your wages…a bigger lifetime pension awaits…

    • Alan Stibbs  

      They just don’t get it. Do they?

  9. P Amey  

    I think it’s a disgrace. Most pensioners like me have worked and paid taxes from the age of 15. It’s about the polices looked after the pensioners.

  10. Cheryl  

    Leave the pensions alone The elderly have worked all there lives should have a full pension I say

  11. Mary Oliver  

    What a joke they are…..KARMA wait for it because it will get you in the end!!!

  12. Mick  

    Sack the Senate. Senators’ allowances make reps’ allowances look like pocket money and you can get elected with as few as 77 primary votes.

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