You paid for Hanson's hot chips

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Pauline Hanson is eating fish and chips with right-wing donors on the public dime. 1

But a shocking string of revelations this week reveal she's not alone in her blatant misuse of public money.

💸 Senator Eric Abetz sent us the bill to attend a gala dinner to celebrate the mining industry.2
💸 Deputy PM Michael McCormack billed taxpayers $4300 an hour for his RAAF flight to the Melbourne Cup. 3
💸 Three Cabinet Ministers flew to Sydney on the public dollar to wine and dine with mining and banking donors.4
💸 Shadow Minister Chris Bowen billed taxpayers to be the guest of honour at a Labor fundraiser.5

It's scandal after scandal – but these politicians aren't even breaking a sweat. Because without a federal corruption watchdog they know they won't face consequences.

At a time when people across the country are struggling financially, losing their jobs and pulling money out of their superannuation just to survive – this week's spotlight on politicians reckless spending shows they need to be held accountable for their misconduct.

Now, we have a chance to double down on this public embarrassment and put them in a bind – they can support a real bipartisan corruption watchdog, or look like they've got something to hide.

✍️ Sign the petition: Demand accountability for our elected representatives.

The Coalition has been delaying passing meaningful legislation on a corruption watchdog since January 2018. They want to keep misconduct investigations behind closed doors – with no public hearings, no public findings, and no powers to recommend criminal prosecution.6

But 82% of the public support a proper corruption watchdog – and Larissa Waters recently passed strong anti-corruption legislation through the Senate, with support from Labor and the crossbench.7,8

If we shine a light on the true extent of politicians' misconduct with a huge public call for a federal corruption watchdog it'll create overwhelming pressure for reform.

✍️ Demand a Federal corruption watchdog with teeth!

For too long our politicians have acted with impunity, misused our public money and allowed our democracy to be corrupted by vested interests.

But with the economy headed off a cliff, and people fearing for their livelihoods – we need to ensure our politicians are putting our interests first.

And the first step is being able to call out misconduct when we see it and hold politicians accountable for their actions. Can you join the call for reform?

Ed, Tessa, Charlie, Rafi and Oliver, for the GetUp team.

P.S. Political misconduct unfortunately is not a new issue. Thousands of people have already joined the call for a genuine corruption watchdog with teeth. Can you join them?

References:
[1] Pauline Hanson charged taxpayers for three-day Perth fundraising spree, The Guardian, 17 June 2020.
[2] Eric Abetz billed taxpayers to attend gala mining industry event, The Guardian, 19 June 2020.
[3] Michael McCormack and wife billed taxpayers for Melbourne Cup flights, The Guardian, 16 June 2020.
[4] Cabinet ministers charge taxpayers for trip involving Liberal party fundraiser, The Guardian, 15 June 2020.
[5] Chris Bowen billed taxpayers for whirlwind trip to Labor fundraiser, The Guardian, 18 June 2020.
[6] Why the federal government's new integrity commission isn't up to the job, The Conversation, 4 February 2019.
[7]Vote Compass: Australians want a federal corruption watchdog, even though major parties don't, ABC News, 6 June 2016.
[8] Senate passes Greens bill to create federal Icac, The Guardian, 9 September 2019.
 
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