This thought is unworthy and should be banished. As is well known, Slipper is actually the Reverend Slipper, ordained priest in the congregation of self-proclaimed Buggered Bishop John Hepworth, head of the breakaway Traditional Anglican Communion. Would a man of the cloth haunt bars and bordellos? Perish the thought! While Hepworth's schismatic flock has its differences with Anglican orthodoxy, the embrace of loose living is surely not amongst them.
So how to explain those astonomical charges? Well, one entirely theoretical point to consider is taxi vouchers' potential for fraud. It is a simple scam: The hirer sells the voucher to a crooked driver, who makes it out for an exorbitant sum which is then split between them. The hirer gets a fistful of dollars while the driver scores a "fare" without ever having to turn the ignition key. It is a common practice, a gentleman who owns several cabs tells the Professor, and has been mentioned in a NSW report on, amongst other things, the transition from paper vouchers to smart cards:
It became obvious during the trial that the smart card itself provided an opportunity to abuse the scheme through the use of taxi emergency dockets. These are dockets provided to drivers to be used in case of the EFTPOS system being out of service/range. In some cases drivers are using the smart card manually to generate an emergency docket rather than use EFTPOS, even if the vehicle is fitted with EFTPOS equipment and it’s working effectively.
In some cases trial participants used a disproportionate number of taxi emergency dockets using the same taxi driver. This has lead to 20 individual cases of suspected misuse being identified and referred to the Ministry’s Compliance Branch for investigation.
The high percentage of card transactions being processed manually has a suspected correlation to the level of fraud....
While it is impossible -- indeed, absolutely inconceivable -- that an elected representative of the Australian people would engage in something quite so tawdry, cheap and crooked, it is perhaps just a little easier to imagine a member of the Traditional Anglican Communion being so tempted.
After all, the Reverend Slipper's spiritual leader went down for robbing his own church of $1,200 to pay for a jolly celebration.
No doubt Australia Police will put these dark notions to rest when their expanding investigation is over and the Reverend Slipper is cleared, as the Australian people expect. After all, who could imagine the Gillard government elevating a thief, liar and nest-featherer to one of the most august offices in the land?