Essential Report

Expenses

Oct 15, 2013

Q. Which political expenses should taxpayers reimburse politicians for:

 

Yes

No

Don’t Know

 

Lib/Nat voters

‘Yes’

Labor voters

‘Yes’

Green voters

‘Yes’

Overseas study trips (a limited number per year)

36%

49%

15%

41%

33%

34%

Travel for events directly related to their electoral or parliamentary work (unlimited if work related)

70%

21%

9%

72%

67%

80%

Printing of materials to inform their electorate

53%

36%

11%

59%

51%

60%

Publications allowance (for books and magazines)

31%

55%

14%

35%

30%

45%

Travel for politicians families to visit them in Canberra

18%

71%

11%

23%

17%

16%

Travel for politicians spouses to accompany them on overseas trips

15%

74%

11%

21%

13%

6%

Free use of a taxpayer funded car

29%

57%

14%

34%

26%

35%

A $240 per night allowance for nights spent in Canberra, regardless of where the MP stays

19%

68%

13%

21%

17%

18%

A $32,000 electorate allowance that covers the cost of serving the electorate, which MP’s can keep if it is not spent

16%

70%

14%

21%

14%

15%

Social events for networking purposes

19%

64%

16%

27%

15%

7%

The majority of people think that the following political expenses should not be reimbursed to politicians; ‘travel for politicians spouses to accompany them on overseas trips’ (74%), ‘travel for politicians families to visit them in Canberra’ (71%), ‘a $32,000 electorate allowance, which MP’s can keep if not spent’ (70%), ‘A $240 per night allowance for nights spent in Canberra, regardless of where MP’s stay’ (68%), ‘social events for networking purposes’ (64%),  ‘free use of taxpayer funded car’ (57%), ‘publications allowance’ (55%).

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