Rallying around Rooty Hill

Crikey readers vent their spleen on the issues of the day.

The Rooty Hill mission: readers rally behind Western Sydney

Neal Morrissey writes: Amber Jamieson’s silly story “PM’s four-star Rooty Hill blitz — try the wagyu, say locals” (yesterday) fails because she relies on Fin journalist Phillip Coorey for information. Still, on the subject of politicians spending taxpayers’ money, let us venture where Coorey never did. For 10 years, taxpayers paid for John Howard’s seemingly endless flights between Sydney and Canberra, and back again, either because he, or his wife, did not want to live in the national capital and/or preferred to live in Kirribilli House in Sydney. Now let us imagine the cost to taxpayers of that little exercise over 10 years? Sometimes Howard changed his mind and decided to sleep over in the national capital. In which case, pilots and other flight staff also had to be accommodated at taxpayers’ expense in Canberra hotels. Ah, the costs the media forgot.

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