Dear Senator Wong,
I am writing to you to raise an issue I believe has been overlooked either deliberately or inadvertently by many politicians past and present. It regards s44 iv-v & eligibility to be an MP or Senator.
What constitutes an office of profit under the crown? It has already been established that it includes jobs in the public service & probably would extend to anyone paid by the government.
My question is does it extend to politicians using Commonwealth revenue to generate profits? Do MPs & Senators use LAFHA to negatively gear Canberra properties breach s44 iv? They profit via increased equity reduced personal taxation & often via a capital gain. Over 50 current federal politicians use their allowance this way. It is important to note that when LAFHA was introduced it passed both houses. There was no referendum. It was never intended to be a source of profit for politicians.
There are also questions over the eligibility of Dutton, O'Sullivan & Robert with investments receiving, contracts, grants or subsidies from the Commonwealth.
The parliament's handling of s44(i-v) compliance has been the worst governance of an issue I have ever seen by a government anywhere in the world. How an honesty audit of 20% of the law meets any standards escapes me. Particularly when the s44 issue began with Senators Day(v) & Culleton s44(ii-iii). It seems our laws are being selectively applied at best.
regards Mark Dickenson