Geoff Potter

Would you spend $35 on breakfast?

"THE longer a person stays in politics, the more disconnected we get from the real community standards that the community lives by," Member for Gympie David Gibson said in relation to former LNP leader Lawrence Springborg's comments that a $35 allowance for breakfast was not enough.

"People in the community are doing it tough - $35 is excessive.

"If you walked out of any hotel in Australia, you would be able to get a breakfast for less than that ... easily.

"It's a reminder for politicians not to get tied up in the trappings of being a politician."

Mr Gibson said at a time when the cost of living meant families were "doing it tough", Mr Springborg's comments were offensive.

"It's a wake-up call to all politicians that we have to be mindful of how ordinary families are going.

"We get an allowance for breakfast but let's be reasonable about it. If the motel breakfast is more than the allowance then you walk out and have breakfast somewhere that is within the allowance."

Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser, Premier Anna Bligh and Lawrence Springborg were among those forced to repay taxpayers after exceeding the $35 breakfast limit.

Gympie Times


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