Macfarlane's credit card bill rumpus

Australia's newspapers went into overdrive this week after one was able to obtain RBA governor Ian Macfarlane's American Express statements under a "Freedom of Information request". The bank was forced to defend Macfarlane's $249,000 credit card bill, which is funded by the Aussie tax payer.

The Amex bills were obtained by Australia's Daily Telegraph which reported that, shock, horror, "Macfarlane spends on travel and hotels, sometimes taking wife Barbara with him".

But the Reserve Bank of Aust