Federal politicians claimed almost $49 million in expenses over the first half of 2016.
Politician spending and entitlements are now coming under closer public scrutiny. How much did our own federal member for Gilmore receive? The information contained in the figures below from the Parliamentarians' Expenditure - Period 1 January to 30 June 2016 website are "considered to be an accurate statement of payments made and receipts received by Finance, within the period 1 January to 30 June 2016." Mrs Ann Sudmalis MP Nowra Travelling Allowance $11,725.00 Travelling Allowance are: Payments made to Parliamentarians for overnight stays in locations other than their home base or Daily Expense allowance for Canberra based Parliamentarians. Car Costs $9,786.08 Car Costs Payments can be those made for the following: Private-Plated Vehicle#: hire, insurance, maintenance costs and fuel costs of Commonwealth-leased private-plated vehicles used in the Electorate and in Canberra Private Vehicle Allowance: Parliamentarians use of their private vehicles for travel between Canberra and their home base on parliamentary business COMCAR: the cost of COMCAR trips billed for each Parliamentarian, the figures exclude costs associated with the Parliament House shuttle service Cabcharge:taxi services viaCabcharge Other Car Costs: car-with-driver services and short-term self-drive hire cars booked through the contracted travel services provider. This may include taxi fares and values relating to the reimbursement or recovery of payments which appear under the Cabcharge heading.Parking: costs associated with parking. Office Facilities $49,075.43 Office Facilities Payments can be those made for the following: Property operating expenses: including lease, power, cleaning Office security Repairs and maintenance: of both property and its fixtures Telecommunications – purchases: the purchase of, servicing, repairs and maintenance of telecommunications Office equipment: the purchase of office equipment. Office Administrative Costs $120,171.10 Office Administrative Costs payments can be those made for the following: Office consumables and services Publications Printing and communications. Telecommunications $6,550.51 Telecommunications payments made can be for telecommunication usage costs (fixed and mobile). Source of the above An INTERACTIVE comparison table of all Federal Members spending is available here