Can you afford to give your MP a $3000 bottle of wine?

Penfolds Grange

Can you afford to give your MP a $3000 bottle of wine?

NSW is open for business, but not for it’s own residents!

There is something terribly wrong when a Premier resigns NOT because they were given a $3000 bottle of wine, but because they couldn’t recall being given it!

It’s ironic that if Barry O’Farrell had recalled receiving the wine and declared the gift, then all would be OK!

The reality is that the bottle of Grange is a beautiful illustration of how politics works in NSW. It is a world that is open for business to influence, but not open to the residents of NSW. There is a whole industry of influence building, dinners, events and gifts designed to flatter and convince.

If you believed the unacceptable culture in NSW was limited to the previous Labor Government, then the ICAC investigations into Liberal members of Parliament Chris Hartcher, Darren Webber and Christopher Spence should give you pause for thought.

It’s time to lift the bar in politics and demand an enforceable Code of Conduct which prohibits all gifts and hospitality and which requires any MP with a financial, family or friendship conflict of interest to remove themselves from taking part in any decisions, dicussion or lobbying concerning that conflict.

 

James Ryan

Greens Councillor, Cessnock City Council

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