Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed reports that Prime Minister Turnbull will finally scrap the Life Gold Pass scheme.
However, the Greens say the scheme should not be retained for former Prime Ministers, who already collect significant parliamentary pensions after retirement.
“Why scrap the Life Gold Pass scheme but retain it for former Prime Ministers, who collect hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in the form of parliamentary pensions?” Senator Rhiannon said.
“It is an equally indefensible use of public money.
“The promises from the Liberal-National government to scrap this elitist scheme started two and a half years ago. Those promises have been a convenient fig leaf for the Liberal-National Government, who were all talk and no action.
“Late last year Prime Minister Turnbull argued his government was ‘too busy’ to bring it on – even though three weeks earlier they ran out of legislation to debate.
“The Greens have called for an end to this scheme for over a decade. We welcome today’s reports, but fail to see why the perk must continue for former Prime Ministers,” Senator Rhiannon said.