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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

FOI delivers - how Federal MPs spent $40million on stuff for your mail box

If you have been on receiving end of leaflets and letters from your Federal Member of Parliament, you are not alone.

This report "How MPs rack up the bills to turn over a new leaflet" in today's The Age provides information about who has spent what from the communications allowance - $125,000 per year. Some MPs spent it almost to the penny, while others clearly know the annual allowance is cumulative and have been saving their dollars and cents for this election year.

The report is based on information released to Channel 7 following an FOI application.

But can anyone explain why an FOI application is necessary and why this sort of information isn't posted on a government or parliamentary website as a matter of routine?

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