I know they are "entitled" (what a sickening word) to put their hand in our pocket to pay for their screw-ups, but it is uniquely galling to see my friends like Bob Kernohan and Kathy Jackson struggle to keep pace with a legal (not justice) system in which the baddies get everything paid for and the goodies have to mortgage their home to try to keep pace.
Rudd and his wife are worth millions and Gillard is on easy street financially as a direct result of the AWU's Bill Ludwig installing her as Prime Minister. That job was ill-gotten by her and a just society would treat the financial gains she made as proceeds of her malfeasance.
Here's yesterday's report in The Australian.
Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard seek legal aid in batts probe
KEVIN Rudd and Julia Gillard have applied to access the parliamentary “legal aid’’ scheme to cover the cost of the high-powered legal teams they engaged for the royal commission into Labor’s botched home insulation program.
A Senate estimates hearing was yesterday told the two former prime ministers as well as former ministers Wayne Swan, Lindsay Tanner, Peter Garrett, Penny Wong and Mark Arbib had applied for “legal assistance under the parliamentary entitlements scheme’’.
Mr Rudd, who engaged two barristers including Bret Walker SC, appeared before the Brisbane hearings of the home insulation royal commission. Ms Gillard, who had a three-member legal team including silk Bruce McClintock SC, did not, but estimates heard she received legal advice.
Matt Minogue, the first assistant secretary in the civil law division at the Attorney-General’s Department told the hearing: “Former ministers are entitled under long-standing regulations governing parliamentary entitlements to legal advice and representation in relation to matters arising during their time as a minister.’’
The scheme is not means-tested, and the legal costs have not been disclosed.
It also emerged yesterday that $29 million had been paid out to victims of Defence Force abuse, and 65 matters had been referred to state or territory police for possible prosecution.
Defence Abuse Response Taskforce executive director Matt Hall said the decision was made to make payouts to 724 complainants, who were eligible for up to $50,000 for damage caused by the abuse they suffered. Of the 2400 cases before the taskforce, 1900 had been assessed.
Labor yesterday claimed the government had ripped money out of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and put it towards the cost of the home insulation inquiry.
Tony Abbott said it was common for any underspend in one area of a portfolio to be reallocated.