House Speaker Bronwyn Bishop has resigned from post amid financial scandal that threatens to wreak havoc on the government. A financial review of entitlement system will be initiated, said Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Sunday.
Reasons for resignation
Bishop cited her love and respect for Australians and the parliament as reasons for resignations. She also gave an inkling on how she will spend her time.
“I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Mackellar as their local member, the job that has always been my first responsibility despite other positions I have held within the parliament,” Bishop said.
The controversial house speaker called Governor General Peter Cosgrove to announce resignation, which was overdue according to opposition leader Bill Shorten. For several days after the controversy erupted, Shorten had been egging Bishop to resign and Sunday’s announcement was not convincing for him.
“Unfortunately, Tony Abbott still won’t accept that Bronwyn Bishop has done anything wrong. Mr. Abbott has blamed the system, but it was Mrs. Bishop’s addictin to privilege that was the real culprit. Mrs. Bishop has not resigned because it was the right thing to do, it was because she and Mr. Abbott realized they had no other choice,” Shorten chuckled.
Mr. Abbott addressed the media and blamed the system for failing to meet public’s expectation when it comes to governance.
“Regrettably, notwithstanding rules that this government put in place, there are still too many situations where members of parliament can do things that are inside entitlement, but outside public expectations,” said Mr. Abbott as quoted by the Guardian.
The fifty-seven-year-old Prime Minister also said the public has got parliament members who serve them “to the best of their ability” most of the time, but recently, it has become obvious that the system requires fundamental reform.
“That’s exactly what there will be under this government because the public deserves it,” Mr. Abbott announced.
David Tune, previously from Department of Finance and John Conde from Remuneration Tribunal shall spearhead the thorough review of government’s entitlement system to assure confidence to the public, as reported. The auditing team will report to the administration in the middle of 2016.
Bishop has been under fire since July when it was known that she spent more than AU$5,000 worth of public funds in chartering a helicopter to attend a fundraiser project in Geelong.