Opinion: Why did NSW premier turn himself in to police after let off for chucking a uey?

NSW premier Mike Baird revealed he turned himself in to police after Highway Patrol let him off for doing an illegal U-turn over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend last month.

Turning himself in to a senior officer, News Corp reported that Baird was given a $311 fine and lost three demerit points over the June 8 offence at South Curl Curl Life Saving Club.

“The officer issued me with a warning but I subsequently contacted the police and asked them to issue me with a fine to ensure there could be absolutely no suggestion of special treatment.

“I was fined $311 and lost points. I have since paid the fine.”

This could be seen as a political move to keep his tracks clean, especially following recent scandals involving Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and OL Bill Shorten, and many have called on the young officer who ‘let him off’ to be sacked.

Bronwyn Bishop has received a lot of backlash after it was found the Speaker had used taxpayer funds to pay for a $5000 helicopter ride to a political fundraiser. Bishop agreed to repay the cost of the helicopter, plus a $1300 penalty. PM Tony Abbott has since put the Speaker on probation, despite Bill Shorten calling on the PM to sack her after former Speaker Peter Slipper was forced to resign following intense Liberal and public scrutiny for a similar offence.

According to Fairfax, Bishop spent more than $300,000 of taxpayer funds on overseas travel in her first year – more than any previous Speaker. Bishop tried to justify a recent European trip which set taxpayers back close to $90,000, claiming: “It wasn’t $90,000, it was 88,000.”

Labor leader Bill Shorten also came under fire recently for admitting at the royal commission into union corruption that a $40,000 donation in 2007 from labour company Unibilt remained undeclared until earlier this month.

Shorten also said he never forced anybody to join a union following a question about member numbers at Australian Worker’s Union, which had grown “fairly dramatically” in the 2000s.

It is also alleged Mr Baird was also not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the offence.

Do you think Mike Baird did the right thing – or was it purely politics?

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