Money paid out by Finance at least is subject to the FOI act, but Parliament itself which administers other payments and entitlements for members and senators is not. It should be. All payments and expenditure should be proactively published in any event.
An independent panel was established by Minister Ludwig in September last year to report on entitlements and related matters - "publicly" the Minister said - within 6 months. According to The Age last month, the Minister received the report in April. And?
A spokesman for Senator Ludwig said the panel's findings were being considered and a response would be released by the government ''in due course''