Government (and Opposition) travel spending skyrockets

So much for cutting back costs! Government spending on travel skyrockets.

Govt travel spending skyrockets

The cost of taxpayer-funded travel has almost doubled since the time of the Abbott Government, with ballooning travel allowances being blamed on Ministers not wanting to live in Canberra.

The total cost of travel, which includes airfares, taxis and travel allowance, exceeded $2.13 million in the last financial year – an 87 per cent increase on the Abbott Government’s travel expenditure.

But it’s not just the Government’s travel spending that has skyrocketed – the Opposition’s travel costs have leapt 66 per cent to $2.34 million.

It is believed that a greater share of government staff living outside Canberra, as well as the expansion of cabinet from 13 to 21 ministers, were responsible for some of the increase.

Read more at The Australian.

Do you think the Government and the Opposition should impose a cap on travel expenditure?



    To make a comment, please register or login
    23rd Dec 2017
    Some travel costs relate to genuine work but other would appear to be to suit lifestyle including pretend 'work' which ends up more holiday than work.
    The media has been on this one for years but I suspect the bastards still abuse their privilege. Such is the price we all pay for ultimate power with controls which are in many instances self serving and abused. Who could ever forget Bronny and her helicopter misuse going back over many years. At least the stench was so great that she was pushed out....but should have been many years earlier.
    23rd Dec 2017
    Still so full of hatred MICK, I just knew you would be the first to comment. With regards to Bronny, can you not please comment on some of the other mob's transgressions or would that go against your ALP thinking?
    23rd Dec 2017
    I'm not shocked at all. Our leaders are of the 1%. They have no idea of value.

    Experience in business taught that it is very easy for people to spend other people's money so spending taxpayers dollars is probably easier again as there is no one holding the squanderer accountable at all.
    23rd Dec 2017
    Nobody spends other people's money better than a socialist government.
    23rd Dec 2017
    Heaven forbid that a jobseeker get $1 more than they're entitled to.... call out the debt collectors..... Of course now I know why - thats $1 less in the trough for the snouts to get
    23rd Dec 2017
    Feel like a good vomit after reading the above !! ;-)
    27th Dec 2017
    Mick was correct in his comment what are you on about roy.

    Join YOURLifeChoices, it’s free

    • Receive our daily enewsletter
    • Enter competitions
    • Comment on articles