Thursday, May 10, 2018

Politicians from the west

A Western Australian member of our Federal Parliament has resigned. It does not matter which party he represented, enough to to say that flying back and forth to Canberaa was killing him and he was not spending enough time with his wife and two young children.

I hate airports and flying. I can't imagine having to do it on a regular basis, such as Western Australian politicians have to. Just a guess but I think it would be about a four hour flight from Perth to Canberra. Given the lead in and lead out times for flights, it is pretty well a whole day gone in travel. How many times do they have to do this each year? Never mind that some of the members have electorates are so large, they have to fly around to get to places within their electoral boundaries.

I expect they do receive some extra benefits beyond the cost of probably travel at the pointy end of the plane, and who would deny them that. Whatever you think of our Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, you have to admire for her commitment to Parliament and all that travelling, both all over the world and just back and forth from her Perth, Western Australia home, never mind looking stylish and smart at every step. The new Governor (Her Majesty's representative in the state) of Western Australia, Kim Beasley was a politician and did the hard yards of travel. No doubt many others have.

The esteemed Prime Minister during WWII, John Curtin, travelled back and forth across the Nullarbor to and from Perth frequently by train throughout his parliamentary career. This journey now takes over three days, although it may well have been quicker in days of old. Now that is commitment to your country. I found this link to Curtin and his train travel interesting.


So while we are fond of expressing our often very deserved criticism of politicians, it ain't always all beer and skittles for them all.

25 comments:

  1. No it isn't. Which isn't a reason for some of them to insist on replacing their beer and skittles with champagne and caviar.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Should have let WA secede in 1933.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. But Jayne, then we wouldn't have..........ah, Alan Bond? No, that didn't end so well.

      Delete
  3. I've never thought about the distance your politicians have to travel to get around the country. Good point Andrew.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Marie, while you know distances very well, I am sure, it is hard for some to comprehend the distances here.

      Delete
  4. Spouse and I lived in Perth for two years and loved every moment. But it was so remote, time consuming and expensive to visit my parents in Melbourne, we asked them to do the travelling. No wonder Western Australia did not want to join Federation in 1901.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hels, I am pleased you liked it. We certainly did, but yes, such a long way.

      Delete
  5. A tedious journey for each and everyone of those politician's from Perth WA. Some it comes easy others they leave as you stated.
    I've never seen Julie Bishop look anything but perfect...met her once.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Margaret, even the stauncioust communists, such as myself, have a sneaking admiration for her.

      Delete
  6. It is not a job I would like to do, plane travelling is not a thing I like and if you say the wrong thing or look a bit untidy you are the worst in the world but they are well paid and get great pensions so it's not all bad.
    Merle........

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Merle, quite true. They are well rewarded, so they are comfortable in their miserable travel.

      Delete
    2. I object to the great pensions, they should get the same pensions as the rest of us minions. After all, where would they be without the "little people' who do all the work to make their lives possible. Oh, wait, there isn't much clothing, shoe or car manufacturing here anymore....

      Delete
  7. While there are people who do not love travel, there are also people who LOVE it obsessively. I would consider myself one of those people. I actually enjoy sitting in an airport waiting, and I love everything about planes. :)

    When I was a kid we flew from here to the UK, it took over 27 hours on a plane plus transit through several different stops, and when it was time to get off the plane they had to drag me kicking and screaming. I wanted to keep going wherever the plane was going next. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Snoskred, R did the hop hop hop a few times back and forth to England. I could not bear it. Now trains? They are such a nicer way to travel.

      Delete
  8. I'm not as obsessive as Snoskred, but I also enjoy the whole flying process. Having said that I haven't been in a plane for over 20 years!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cro, I had a bad start when a customs office broke my bottle of duty free scotch. That was my first flight experience. Oddly, he compensated me with money from his own pocket.

      Delete
  9. That's a LOT of travelling. I guess they haven't heard of video conferencing...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. River, yes, up to a point. There is nothing like personal contact though for sorting things out.

      Delete
  10. I love traveling short distance not so long. No interest to travel through airlines. Hate to wait for so long...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. WW, airline travel invariably involves waiting, lots of waiting. Mostly with trains, get to the station before the train leaves.

      Delete
  11. Too much travel involved in being a politician, better for the young and unattached who like that sort of life on the go. Not for family folks or home bodies or anyone who would like a private life and enjoyments like sitting by a campfire near a lake to see the stars.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Strayer, there is and your own politicians would know all about that.

      Delete
  12. Despite constantly criticising them I do recognise that aspects of politic life are no bed of roses. Being effectively always on call and at everyone else's beck and call is not a very attractive lifestyle.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Victor, so true. You can't even get on Grindr when you are drunk in the early hours of the morning, lest you be found out. Sorry, your account hacked.

      Delete