While dribbling over my morning muesli, I reflected on the federal government's austerity program as it now affects most Australians.
I asked myself what restraints federal or state politicians impose on themselves and their valued advisers. I concluded I could not recall reading anything much about economies in the precincts of parliaments.
Perhaps the media could do some serious investigating and report what rorting continues to be available to politicians.
Do they fly economy class, for example? Is their superannuation (amazingly generous in difficult times, surely) subject to the current spending review? Are they free to journey hither and yon when phone and internet links are available? To what extent are the food and drink at Parliament House still subsidised by taxpayers?