Sunday, September 11, 2011

Vicki Chapman MP and the Galapagos Duck!

Member for Bragg.

Pray tell Vic, what is the connection between Burnside, or Greenhill Road, or Skye with an archipelago of volcanic islands stuck out in the middle of nowhere?

Politicians. How the hell do they justify these taxpayer funded overseas jaunts!

I have reported on these jaunts before. Here is a couple to whet the appetite:

Jack Snelling’s tour of the UK, France, and the Czech Republic:

At least Jack seemed to do full days, unlike our mate Karaoke Kevin:

And, Lyn Breuer certainly has a penchant for everything UK. I previously reported on her 2008/2009 Christmas/New Year jaunt, with her daughter in tow, reportedly assisting:

Poor old Lynn obviously ran out of time as she returned again the following year, only this time to also see how the Welsh Parliament works. Bit of a worry that, Politicians not knowning how Parliaments hang it all together.

Now, as much as I have a soft spot for Vicki Chapman, I am not surprised she waited nearly one year to lodge her Travel Report. Wait for it folks. The GALAPAGOS ISLANDS!

‘...My attraction to these islands was stimulated by the discovery that they had undertaken pest control and management programs that remain a shining example to the world...’

‘...I was astonished to learn that no other Members of Parliament from South Australia, or, from the Australian Parliament, have travelled to the Galapagos Islands and reported to their constituency...’

Sorry my little Galapagos Vic, but I am not astonished in the slightest. How did you manage to get this one through? However, you really do not need approval, do you?

Moreover, what could there possibly be to report to your Constituents? Got me stuffed!

These Travel Reports are nothing but travelogues.

This was Galapavic’s justification for the trip as reported to Parliament on 28 September 2010:

‘...I had the pleasure of visiting the Galapagos Islands just over a month ago, a visit which was not only memorable but also certainly informed and educated me about aspects that could assist our own state, in particular the development of precious parts of South Australia, including Kangaroo Island, some of which it already shares with the Galapagos Islands...’

Well, I have read your report and your travelogue to Parliament and I must say, I can only give you a tin star.

The Galapagos Travel Report Link

Here, take an electronic visit to these web sites:

Everything you need, and more, is right there. You could have saved yourself a lot of time, and us a lot of money.

Well, that really depends on why you went!


The Hooded One of Attorney General's Department said...

Rob. You strike again old son. Thanks for bringing these hidden stories to the surface. Bit of a farce really.

Donald Duck said...

Where? Yeah I can see how we taxpayers will benefit from this trip. Uh, not really. The Galapagos Islands? Bloody hell.

Pissed Off said...

Thanks Robert for bringing these stories to us. Really does show how out of touch both sides are. I never knew about the parliamentary website with these reports available for viewing until you did your first story. I do love the duck picture.

speechless said...

shit. the galapagos islands? cant even think of a smartassed comment. keep it up mate. good work.

pissed off of Burnside said...

That report is a load of crap. The sort of information anyone can find on the web and in any geography book. How do they get away with these things? Thank you for exposing yet another rort Rob.

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The Duck said...

you are a riot. Pity its such an important topic though. The Galapagos Islands. I'll be stuffed!!! I so liked your other stories about travel reports linked inside this story. Bravo. Snouts in the trough I'm afraid. Never be any different.

overworked and bullied public servant said...

Hello Rob. I have had enough of all these people. I work my guts out in the public service and these folks are swanning off to places for none other than reasons of holidaying. How this one could be justified is beyond my imagination.

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