Big spender: Slipper's golden days out of politics
FORMER Speaker and Sunshine Coast MP Peter Slipper has been enjoying a golden period out of federal politics, racking up thousands in travel on his Lifetime Gold Pass.
Mr Slipper charged $12,620.23 for domestic travel for the six months to June, more than any other politician with access to a Gold Pass.
The Lifetime Gold Pass can be used by former MPs and senators for up to 10 free return airfares within Australia every year.
Mr Slipper released a statement saying "much of the travel was to assist the AFP on their investigations into the unauthorised release of my diary when I was Speaker.
"None of it was travel for pleasure.
"It is cruelly ironic that I am criticised for travelling to assist the AFP in their investigations.
"In the process I experienced trauma and stress but was endeavouring to carry out my responsibilities as a citizen."
It is one of several perks available to former politicians. Former PM John Howard leads in the overall spending stakes, costing taxpayers $152,968, followed by Bob Hawke on $83,371.
Mr Howard's spending including $14,378 in domestic air travel and $112,434 on office expenses.
Partners of deceased former PMs are also entitled to taxpayer funded travel, office facilities and phone costs.
Should former MPs be allowed to travel on tax-payer dollars?
This poll ended on 08 December 2016.
Yes. They've earned it.
No. They get enough perks when they're in the job.
Only if they are travelling for diplomatic purposes or similar.
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