Bronwyn Bishop has been relegated to the back benches as Tony Smith takes on his new role as Speaker of the House of Reps. I spoke to Nick Reece, Public Policy Fellow at the University of Melbourne, about what we can expect to see from this speaker, and what effects the recent debacle may have had on government.
It’s been going on for nearly a week now, spawning innumerable memes and much public discussion, and it even has its own name: choppergate. When Bronwyn Bishop used taxpayer money to charter that top-of-the-line helicopter for transport, you have to wonder if she realised the public outcry that would follow. I spoke to Greens senator and democracy spokesperson Lee Rhiannon about the Greens stance on this, as well as their recommendations for resolving it.