The media feeding frenzy that is whirling around regarding Mojo Mathers and her request for an electronic note-taker has to be the most meaningless of this weeks media beat ups. Here is the reality:
- Ms. Mathers will need the note-taker in order to function in parliament.
- It is the cheapest option
- I (the taxpayer) will be paying for it whichever budget it falls under (i.e. I don’t care “who” pays).
- The amount required is utterly trivial (in terms of Parliamentary Services total budget).
It beggars belief that this is a news-worthy item. It is obvious that parliamentary services will work out some compromise out of its budget of $137 million. That is what we pay them to do, for goodness’ sake – run parliament. That would include making sure that MPs can take part in the debates.
The question that should be asked is not where the funding should be coming from (who really cares?), but whose responsibility was it to go and ask Ms Mathers, in a civilised fashion, what her requirements would be? Not Lockwood Smith’s, I’ll warrant. This is something that should have been up and running by the start of parliament.