As the volume of questionable expenses by our Members of Parliament continue to rise, the lack of oversight on the "Register of Member's Interests" is starting to touch on members from all across the political spectrum. The blatant rorting of expenses by Western Australia's Don Randall to purchase a rental house in Trinity Park is just the latest in questions being raised.
Randall's statement is designed to mislead the casual reader, placing Cairns in his home state of Western Australia and then calling the trip "electoral business". The bigger crime here isn't the expense claims, but the investment by Randall in an out-of-state area (apparently the Gavin King "Buy Local" campaign hasn't been universally adopted).
Local Minister for Blogs Warren Entsch is no stranger to filing these forms. When he was reelected in Leichhardt after three years as a director and Chairman of the failing firm, Entsch has yet to explain his role in the firm's failure and possible trading while insolvent.
Entschs' statement also continues to note that he's still receiving money from a "Civil Construction Consultancy".
The oversight on the members is proving to be extremely inadequate.