Each federal politician now costs Australian taxpayers more than $1 million a year, according to stunning new parliamentary data obtained by Daily Mail Australia.
Canberra MPs and senators cost the taxpayer an average of $1.13 million in 2021, including their salaries, travel expenses and the cost of running their office.
A Daily Mail Australia analysis of 25 federal politicians found Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s office cost the most – with the taxpayer charged $2.58million in the year to September 2021.
This figure includes an annual salary as a union leader of $390,820 and $2.19 million in labor expenses.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s office cost the taxpayer the most – with $2.58million billed in 2021 – according to a Daily Mail Australia analysis of the cost of 25 federal MPs and senators
Scott Morrison’s office cost the taxpayer slightly less than the Opposition Leader – $2.53 million, including $549,250 he earns annually as Prime Minister of Australia
Prime Minister Scott Morrison cost the taxpayer a bit less during this period – $2.53 million, including $549,250 he earned in salary and $1.9 million in expenses.
The offices of Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce and South Australian Senate leader Penny Wong cost $1.03 million and $1.04 million respectively.
By comparison, Labor Senator Deborah O’Neill’s office cost just $601,550 to fund.
Daily Mail Australia calculated the cost of a politician’s office by combining quarterly expense reports between October 2020 and September 2021 and adding the total to each MP’s or Senator’s salary.
The 25 politicians analyzed earn an average annual salary of $208,117, according to figures released by the Federal Parliament Remuneration Tribunal in 2019.
That year, the court announced a 2% salary increase for public office holders.
The spending figures, taken from the Parliamentary Independent Spending Authority, do not include the cost of transporting Mr Morrison by private plane or the Prime Minister’s two official residences.
Between August 2018 and June 2019, the Prime Minister’s Office, Kirribilli House and The Lodge alone had operating costs of $2.6 million.
The office of Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, who earns $416,212 as deputy premier, racked up costs of $1.03 million in 2021
HOW MUCH DO AUSTRALIAN POLITICIANS COST TO THE TAXPAYER?
Anthony Albanese, Labor leader – $2.19 million in annual expenses and $390,820 in salary – total of $2.58 million
Barnaby Joyce, Deputy Prime Minister – $623,647 in annual expenses and $416,212 in salary – total of $1.03 million
Scott Morrison, Prime Minister – $1.98 million in annual expenses and $549,250 in salary – total of $2.53 million
Penny Wong, Leader of the Senate – $715,907 in annual expenses and $332,720 in salary – total of $1.04 million
Source: Australian Government figures Independent Parliamentary Spending Authoritybased on data for the year to September 2021.
The office of Penny Wong, leader of the South Australian Senate, incurred expenses of $1.04million last year
The figures come just a week after it emerged MPs can claim $291 a night from the taxpayer to travel to Canberra even if they are staying in a house they own.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese used the loophole to leave his Sydney constituency during the city’s lockdown and move into his Canberra flat for 59 days – claiming $17,000 in the process.
Liberal MP Tim Wilson has also claimed $138,700 in travel expenses over the past five years to live in a flat in Canberra he bought in 2017 for $369,000.
Canberra is the only Australian capital where MPs can live in their own homes and still claim a travel allowance.
The Labor leader said he had no plans to change the rules on travel allowances.