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Senator Rhiannon's parliamentary travel expenses available online

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 1 Oct 2015

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has published her use of parliamentary travel allowances online in the interest of greater transparency.

Senator Rhiannon has published her July and August 2015 use of travel allowance and will be doing so for each month going forward -

"MPs are elected to work for the public good and the public have a right to know how MPs use the hundreds of thousands of dollars of public money to undertake that work," said Senator Rhiannon.

"In the absence of legislation requiring Australian MPs to publicly disclose their travel allowance use in close to real time, I am putting the information on my website and , and I hope that other MPs will follow.

"I have long advocated that our parliament replicate the user friendly system in the Scottish parliament - - that allows the public to quickly find how much MPs spend on accommodation, travel, staff and everything covered by allowances.

"The need to reform how MPs report on the use of their allowances is even more urgent after the recent choppergate scandal.

"The misuse of allowances damages public confidence in our democratic institutions. Greater public scrutiny should be applied to how MPs spend public money," said Senator Rhiannon.

Contact: Brami Jegan 0487 350 880


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