Tuesday, 9 July 2013

2 Determining appropriate use of parliamentary travel entitlements

There is a Department of Finance and Deregulation report (1) that sets out the circumstances under which travel allowance is payed to Opposition Office Holders.


Travel Allowance for all Opposition Office Holders:
An allowance set by the Remuneration Tribunal to cover the cost of accommodation, meals, and incidentals for each overnight stay in a place other than the Opposition Office Holder’s home base when that stay is primarily due to:
(a) sittings of Parliament, or direct travel to or from such sittings;
(b) official business as an Opposition Office Holder;
(c) meetings or formal business of a parliamentary committee of which the Opposition Office Holder is a member, or direct travel to or from such meetings;
(d) meetings in Canberra of an Opposition Office Holder’s parliamentary political party, its executive or its committees, or direct travel to or from such meetings;
(e) meetings outside Canberra of an Opposition Office Holder’s parliamentary political party executive, or direct travel to or from such meetings; or
(f) meetings outside Canberra of an Opposition Office Holder’s parliamentary political party, its executive, its committees, its national conference, or its state conference, and meetings outside the Opposition Office Holder’s electorate on electorate business (limited to a maximum of 10 nights per year in total), or direct travel to or from such meetings.



It seems the key test of eligibility for travel entitlements is whether the primary purpose of any overnight stay is for official business.

All travel entitlements presented here are from the publicly available Parliamentary Entitlements Reports. (2)   Information about the expenditure for all parliamentarians (past and present) is listed from the second half of 2009 to 2012. There are often reports in the media based on this information. (3)