..."the head of Infrastructure NSW, Nick Greiner, has cost taxpayers millions over the past 20 years because of entitlements given to former premiers who have served for at least four years. According to figures released by the Department of Premier and Cabinet as part of a freedom of information request, Mr Greiner has claimed the most in entitlements over the past three years. He is followed by Neville Wran and Bob Carr."
(The information released by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet is yet to make it onto the department's Disclosure Log.)
The South Australian Parliament publishes online an annual report on members interests and an annual report on travel by individual members, although not even close to real time.
The administration of all our parliaments-including any payment made to parliamentarians-should be subject to the same standards as any other government agency. That is, subject to freedom of information law, but these days published in a timely fashion on the internet (not buried away in an annual report).
Back to NSW. The Independent Commission Against Corruption in 2009 questioned whether the Parliament had in place a sufficiently comprehensive program to identify and manage corruption risks in relation to the use of Members’ allowances and entitlements. In findings of corrupt conduct against former NSW MP Karyn Paluzanno and members of her staff, the Commission Report (Chapter 3 page 20) included a recommendation that the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly consider whether a recently embraced audit program "has the capacity to detect corrupt conduct and, if not develop, implement and regularly evaluate a corruption prevention strategy that includes:
• a comprehensive risk assessment of the corruption risks in relation to the use of Members’ allowances and entitlements
• a corruption risk management plan describing the corruption risks identified and the strategies Parliament will adopt to manage each of these risks
• measures capable of detecting corrupt conduct and non-compliance by Members and electorate office staff."
Two years later this seems to have dropped from sight. This is the only reference in the Annual Report for 2010-2011:
"Appropriate transparency" regarding payment and use of public money to and by parliamentarians isn't evident in NSW.The Members’ Entitlements Audit Plan commenced in 2009/10 and will continue in 2011/12 covering both the 54th and 55th Parliament Members...