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Minister called on to resign

Recently an Australian member of parliament was called on to resign for calling a government agency to get his son special treatment. The general Australian public does not like to see people in authority or the rich get special treatment and bribery will also get you in a lot of trouble (jail, for example).  So if you do get pulled over for speeding do NOT try to bribe the police officer or you might get arrested for bribery as well as for speeding.

The police and other government employees get paid enough in Australia to live on so they don’t need bribes to pay the rent and this changes the attitude to bribery here from other countries where authorities do whatever they can to make a living.

Committee questions whether the Transport Minister was given special treatment for son’s driving test – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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