Millions of dollars of taxpayers' money is poured into the Department of Parliamentary Services each year to pay for MPs' electorate offices, official functions, staff wages and the everyday operations of Parliament. The department also pays for the cars our parliamentarians drive, their petrol bills, computer and IT costs, utilities and postage and communications bills. But - in another example of the Baillieu Government not living up to its "open and transparent" election promise - every dollar spent in the Parliament will remain exempt under Freedom of Information laws.
On the broader issue just about everywhere beyond the Apple Isle, it's let them eat cake.(Update: This Courier Mail report in the last few days on Queensland legislators' expense claims is sourced to Right to Information disclosures. From whom is not mentioned, but something of a mystery as the Legislative Assembly and its parliamentary services department are entities excluded from the act. Mystery solved -thanks to a Queensland reader, these details relate to expenses of ministers and former ministers administered by Ministerial Services Branch of the Premier's Department. That department is subject to the RTI act.)