Posted 10/08/2015 by Cathy Madden
On 2 August 2015 the Prime Minister announced
the setting up of a committee to develop and propose models to deliver an independent parliamentary entitlements system, co-chaired by Mr David Tune (former Secretary of the Department of Finance) and Mr John Conde AO (President of the Remuneration Tribunal). The announcement comes in the wake of the resignation of the Speaker, the Hon Bronwyn Bishop, after weeks of controversy over travel entitlements. The objective of the committee is to establish a workable system for authorising potentially contentious expenditure before it is incurred. This is the latest in a series of inquiries and audits that have been conducted into MPs’ entitlements. Department of Finance reports on expenditure on parliamentarians’ entitlements have been available online
since the July-December 2009 reporting period. Read more...