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MPs’ expenses and entitlements: a GOUGE I mean guide


Ministers

Salary

Prime Minister: $507.338

Deputy prime minister: $400,016

Treasurer: $365,868.75

Cabinet minister: $336,599.25

Minister: $307,329

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Charter flight when commercial fare is more expensive, not available or not feasible
  • Prime Minister has access to Air Force VIP aircraft
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Ministers are entitled to use of Air Force VIP aircraft if approved by defence minister
  • Official overseas travel and with parliamentary delegations

Travel allowance for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $435 in Sydney, $435 in Melbourne and $469 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position)

Family travel

Unlimited travel for partners for official purposes. Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children for interstate trips.

Gifts

Politicians must declare gifts worth $300 or more from private or industry sources and $750 if from official government sources. If the politician wishes to retain the gift, they must pay the difference between its value and the allowable limit or surrender it to the government.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott Prime Minister Tony Abbott Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Speaker of the House and President of the Senate

Salary

$341,477

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Official overseas travel and with parliamentary delegations
  • Charter flights for official business

Travel allowance for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $435 in Sydney, $435 in Melbourne and $469 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position.

Family travel

Unlimited travel for partners for official purposes. Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children for interstate trips.

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra. Speaker Bronwyn Bishop during question time at Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Shadow ministers

Salary

Opposition Leader: $360,990

Deputy opposition leader: $307,329

Shadow minister: $243,912

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Official overseas travel for the opposition leader
  • Charter flights for office holders’ official business
  • Overseas travel with parliamentary delegations is covered by the government
  • Leader, deputy leader and Senate leader are entitled to use of Air Force VIP aircraft if approved by defence minister

Travel allowance for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $435 in Sydney, $435 in Melbourne and $469 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position.

Family travel

Unlimited travel for leaders’ partners for official purposes. Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children for interstate trips.

Labor leader Bill ShortenLabor leader Bill Shorten Photo: Justin McManus

Parliamentary secretaries

Salary

$243,912

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Overseas travel with official visits (approved by prime minister) and parliamentary delegations
  • Entitled to use of Air Force VIP aircraft, at the discretion of their minister, if approved by defence minister

Travel allowance for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $435 in Sydney, $435 in Melbourne and $469 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position.

Family travel

Unlimited travel for partners for official purposes. Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children for interstate trips.

Backbenchers

Salary

$195,130

Travel and transport

  • Unlimited business class domestic flights for official business
  • Car with driver when in Canberra, interstate or travelling for official purposes
  • Travel and transport to party conferences
  • Overseas travel with parliamentary delegations
  • Private-plated vehicle for both work and personal use
  • Charter flights for electorate business for senators and members with electorates larger than 10,000 square kilometres

Travel allowances for official business

Varying commercial rates: $271 in Canberra, $395 in Sydney, $395 in Melbourne and $409 in Perth. Allowance is less for non-commercial arrangements. Number of nights capped according to size of electorate, state or position.

Family travel

Nine business class return trips to Canberra for a partner and three for each child. Three business class trips for partners and children to join minister on interstate trips.

Sharman Stone says the Coalition needs to get more women into Parliament.Backbenchers during question time in Parliament. Photo: Andrew Meares

All members and senators

Superannuation

For politicians who entered parliament before the 2004 election:

  • 11.5 per cent of their salary for up to 18 years and 5.75 per cent after that. They also receive a lump sum payments or pension when they retire, based on years of service.
  • For politicians who entered parliament after the 2004 election:
  • Government pays 15.4 per cent of their salary into a super fund elected by the MP.

Gifts

Politicians must declare gifts worth $300 or more from private or industry sources and $750 if from official government sources. If the politician wishes to retain the gift, they must pay the difference between its value and the allowable limit or surrender it to the government.

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8 thoughts on “MPs’ expenses and entitlements: a GOUGE I mean guide

  1. Poor bastards, no wonder they seek into every nook and cranny as to where they can claim another dollar (or thousands) I often wonder when was the last time they drove into a servo and filled up a tank!

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    • Exactly , just as a matter of interest I’d like to know how many of our horrible ; oops typo ,Honorable MPs would still do the job they so claim to love if their salaries and entitlements were to diminish considerably , ? My bet we will see a max exodus and straight into the private sector where they have made so many connections contacts and paid friends !

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      • Well said Steve – I think that’s a wonderful idea – cut their ridiculously high pays by at least half, and gone with all but the most necessary entitlements – not only will there be much more $ in the budget to spend on important areas to ‘ordinary people’ like education and health, we’ll have more politicians with a genuine desire to serve others and lose those drawn by living the high life – completely out of touch with the population.

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        • Personally I don’t believe any elected representative (whether councillor or prime minister) should be paid diddley squat. We’ve all endured the ‘pay peanuts and get monkeys’ male bovine dropping ad infinitum and ad nauseum to the point where its blatantly obvious that 99% of the clowns we elect can only be described as being significantly lower on the evolutionary scale than severely retarded simians. What I propose is reverting to a comparable arrangement to that which applied to local authorities (they are bodies corporate rather than legitimate ‘governments’… anyone in doubt should consult the Constitution … where councillors were generally local business people paid appearance money for attending meetings and nothing else. Anyone who had issues could go to their place of business and thump on the counter til he or she sat up and took notice. Ultimately non-performers found their business blacklisted until / unless they played ball. With voluntary unpaid representatives we could have ten times the present number and hence infinitely better representation. While I’m on the soapbox, the old style councils were run by a town clerk on class 4 / 5 public servant salary. Compare this with the present day CEO who expects to be paid half a million for doing less than the town clerk did. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. My ineffectual local councillor is paid a couple of hundred thousand plus perks despite achieving precious little, and he’s only one of thousands of similar supposed ‘representatives’ that are costing us vastly more than they return in value.

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  2. Time their gravy train was derailed and the tracks taken away by the ordinary voting people. And their gold pass entitlements, no longer given to them as entitlement, when they retire or lose their parliamentary positions or a voted out. They should be on the same pension as the ordinary battling aged Australian’s Aged Pensioners of less than $700 per fortnight, and the retired polly waffles aged pensions further reduced and indexed according to their personal investments, wealth and family assets, just like the Abbott government and Hockey have gone open slather and stopped or cut and reduced age pensioners pensions in nursing homes and largely increased residential fees in the public hospital nursing homes acute care accomodation and increased residental fees up to more than $5000, per month if the aged pensioner has saved any superannuation during their hard working life, or has any form of assets aside their own home. And if voted back in the next election, and they get their way in their next term of government, with the bookkeepers Ebenezer Scrooge Scott Morrison and Matias Cormann who are hungray to further reduce Australia’s black hole debt, by further hacking away and reduced the ordinary aged pensioners, centrelink allowance by severe assets testing by even taking pensioners own house and any other hard earned assets, they can use as a excuse to stopping the aged pensions, to even cutting or stopping the aged pension and making people live solely off their superannuation. This government can maintain lavish entitlements and gold passes to their own.
    But don’t give a iota about the hardship and poverty they are enforcing on ordinary struggling voters. They quickly forget when they are voted into power, that they are merely public servants to the tax payers and voters, but they lavish themselves with entitlements the ordinary voters will never have, and insult all our intelligence, by enforcing upon us, the age of entitlement is over, and ordinary workers and pensioners must do the heavy lifting to keep the politicians bank balance out of the red. So who do they attack and cut. The battlers and the tax payers. While handing out to themselves very generous Politician salary pay rises and all the perks of the job that go with it. Free travel, and the high life on their fact finding tours, they say are all for the good of Australia?
    Well ordinard people have had enough of these politicians of all parties, bleeding and treating us all as fools, while they live up the high life, at the battlers expense. There is so much unnecessary people living on the poverty line in Australia, while the rich politicians are still getting gold pass benefits, many years after they quit or retire from parliament. Its is all a very generous perk, while voting people in this country are losing their home, and just trying to survive on a pittance of welfare income assistance, all because of the hardship road this country is heading with uncertain times of unemployment or low paid minimum wage casual or seasonal temporary or short term employment making it worse, to try and get ahead and pay off the utility bills. While so many politicians are in one hand telling us their is no more government money to waste on the battlers, but in the other hand, there is always plenty of government coffers cash for their own greedy entitlements. And the lot of these politicians just don’t get the message from the ordinary struggling Australian’s that their all on the nose and should be all sacked!

    Here’s just a sample of the perks, worn out pollie waffles receive after leaving government.

    :Life Gold Pass – Parliament of Australia.

    :[PDF] Submission – Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Bill… – http://www.aph.gov.au/~/media/…/lifegoldpassbill02/…/sub60-pdf.ashx

    :Politician spent over $400k in air travel before Gold Pass… – http://www.heraldsun.com.au/…/politicians…gold-pass…/story-fni0fit3-12271453

    :As rewards go , the gold pass put politicians on cloud nine… – http://www.heraldsun.com.au/…gold-pass…politicians…/story-e6frfhqf-122582...

    :Razor gang cuts for pollies’ gold pass / The Australian – http://www.theaustralian.com.au

    :Tropics a hot favourite for ex-MPs’free flights – http://www.smh.com.au/…/tropics-a-hot-favourite-for-exmpsx2019-free-flight...

    :Gold pass scheme: Long – serving Coalition MPs question …www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-30/gold-pass-scheme…by…/5779990

    :Former MPs fight to keep lifetime ‘goldpass’ – http://www.abc.net.au

    :Cutting politicians ‘ perks will not save the budget, says … http://www.smh.com.au/…/cutting-politicians-perks-will-not-save-the-budget-s...

    Deposed Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd’s $600,000 a year pension. – http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au

    :Why’s Kevin Rudd smiling? He’s getting $600,000 a year for life… – http://www.theaustraian.com.au/…/kevin-rudd…/story

    :For Fucks sake. Deposed Australian prime minister Kevin…- http://www.reddit.com/…/australia/…/for-fucks-sake-deposed-australian-prime...

    :Retired MPs fight for their gravy plane – https://au.news.yahoo.com/…/a/…/retired-mps-flight-for-their-gravy-plane…

    :Entitlements for ex-politicians in Australia / Crikey – http://www.crikey.com.au/…/just-how-do-you-justify-entitlements-to-ex-politic...

    :Gold Pass perk draws more flak – National – http://www.theage.com.au

    :Pressure mounts on Government to axe the Gold Pass – Former MP taken more than 700 flights costing more than $250,000 since retiring in 1998 – The Black List of Greedy Ex Politicians who spend big on top of their already generous politicians superannuation,many long years after being in politics! – http://www.news.com.au/travel/…to…gold-pass/story-e6frfq80-1226208672923
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    • Very good input, being an ex public servant yourself, you guys (compared to the pollie porkers) got screwed in your super. The MPs were getting around double in their super than the other public servants and then Premier “BoofHead” Kennett goes out and sacks half the Public sector workforce, under the justification of “efficiency” (inc closing down the Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital & selling off Pentridge Prison land to developers, no doubt to rich “mates” of Premier BoofHead himself). It’s all right for Jeffrey old boy, he still gets his “Gold Pass” and Parliamentary Pension for life and then turns around and attacks Pauline Hanson & One Nation Party(as Hanson exposed the MPs rorting back in the 1990s). The Liberal Party are a spent force and will end up a has-been party(like the Australian Democrats). The ALP and Greens should take note, they’ll be in the firing line next, unless they lift their game. The Liberals are finished, they’ve been exposed as mean-hearted hypocrites and their private run prisons(aka “correctional institutions”) are a complete joke!

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