Aussie troughers wasting taxpayer money

Sydney Morning Herald

We think our troughing politicians are bad, check out these Aussie troughers and their waste. Even embattled Speaker Peter Slipper is deep in the trough:

THE federal opposition communications spokesman, Malcolm Turnbull, spent $26,000 on phone calls and faxes in six months. And the Speaker, Peter Slipper, took a trip to New Zealand to better understand its Parliament’s acquisition of art.

The facts and figures are contained in the Finance Department’s records of politicians’ entitlements, claimed between July 1 and December 31 last year, which were released by the department yesterday.

Mr Turnbull spent $13,608.04 on October 20 alone for ”Mobile PDA overseas calls”, the records show.

Mr Slipper said his trip to New Zealand was also to compare parliamentary practices and innovations.

Mr Slipper, who has long faced intense scrutiny over his travel entitlements, tabled a report of his two-day trip, in which he had four meetings, but did not list the cost.


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