Penny Wong’s laser-like attack on ScoMo’s awful defence of Liu

Penny Wong is an expect at high drama in the Senate, usually with more than a hint of hyperbole, but this was spot on:


Two things can be true at once, Dee

Asylum seekers can use abortions to get to the mainland (and courts prefer they be sent to Australia rather than other countries) and they can also have anchor babies, as the Biloela 4 appear to have done.

They could also be the same people.

It’s not that tough, Dee. If you thought about it. Which you didn’t.

The reason childcare is rorted

Childcare is ripe for rorting because so much of the money flows from government which doesn’t care about the cost, which is why you get cases like this:

Sixteen women have been arrested across southwest Sydney today and are being questioned over their alleged involvement in a massive childcare fraud scheme.

Police are investigating allegations the women were part of a criminal syndicate that claimed federal government childcare subsidies for children attending centres that didn’t even exist.

Eight other people – including seven women and one man – were charged on Tuesday. One of those was Lubna Al-Hashing, 41, the partner of alleged syndicate boss Alee Farmann, 49, of Georges Hall.

And cases like this:

March 13 looked like a red letter day for iGrow Family Day Care as it signed 1775 children onto its books.

Listing its head office as a small white weatherboard home in Sydney’s west, iGrow recorded the supposed torrent of new bookings in July – and then backdated each entry for the previous four months.

Do read both stories and see if you can spot some similarities.

In fact, it happens routinely on a grand scale because when the money isn’t coming out of your pocket, you’re less concerned about how much it’s costing, or as Milton Friedman put it, there are four ways to spend money:

  1. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money.
  2. You can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I’m not so careful about the content of the present, but I’m very careful about the cost.
  3. I can spend somebody else’s money on myself. And if I spend somebody else’s money on myself, then I’m sure going to have a good lunch!
  4. I can spend somebody else’s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else’s money on somebody else, I’m not concerned about how much it is, and I’m not concerned about what I get.