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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Stop laughing this is serious!

Heard the one about the independent report the government has sat on for 10 months about federal parliamentarians entitlements, including the adequacy of disclosure requirements?

As James Massola reported in The Australian last week
PRESSURE is mounting on the Gillard Government to release a review of politicians' entitlements that will recommend big pay rises for MPs. Special Minister of State Gary Gray, who has carriage of the Belcher report, promised to release the review before the end of last year.But Capital Circle understands the politically-unpalatable audit, led by former senior public servant Barbara Belcher, has been referred to a cabinet sub-committee....  The delays come as it was revealed today that 65 MPs have been forced to pay back nearly $100,000 in wrongly claimed travel perks over the last five years, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Sustainable Population Minister Tony Burke.Mr Burke has made 15 separate repayments involving family travel, totalling almost $7000, while Opposition health spokesman Peter Dutton has made eight separate repayments totalling $4618. Ms Gillard repaid $438 for taxi fares "inadvertently" claimed by a family member.

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