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‘Average’ dad invites pollies to pay for family trip

Can’t afford your next holiday? Ask an MP for help

They’re already throwing around thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ money to fund travel; so one ‘average’ dad is asking jet-setting politicians to help finance a family trip of his own.


Angry with taxpayer-funded travel for Aussie MPs, Stephen Callaghan from Blue Haven, NSW, has begun a crowdfunding campaign addressed to federal MPs to get he and his family to Uluru.


Image AAP: Carol Cho


According to the ABC, Callaghan said he set up ‘Please Pay For My Kids' Holiday on Go Fund Me’ in reaction to travel claims made for the families of Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey, Education Minister Christopher Pyne, Labor frontbencher Tony Burke, and former Speaker of the House, Bronwyn Bishop.


“I'm just so angry at all these politicians that think it's acceptable for us to cart their kids around business class on holidays,” he told the ABC.


“I understand they have work expenses but this is just pushing the boundaries.”


On the Go Fund Me site, Mr Callaghan writes: "It has come to my attention that many of you have been using taxpayers' money to fly your children around on various holidays, fireworks visits, excursion and overseas vacations”.


“I would appreciate it greatly if you were able to donate to my Go Fund Me campaign so MY kids can go on a holiday too.”


Describing himself as “working class”, Mr Callaghan said he and his family had planned their Uluru trip before the scandals, and would see the World Heritage Site regardless of how much they raised, the ABC reported. And that’s probably a good thing: by early Sunday afternoon, Callaghan said the campaign had raised $55 in donations, all from Twitter followers.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 9 August 2015

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