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The travel perks of being a politician

AAP logoAAP 9/01/2017 Roje Adaimy

COMMERCIAL TRAVEL

All MPs and senators get unlimited business class travel on the "most reasonable and usual route" on scheduled flights within Australia for parliamentary, electorate or official business.

CHARTER TRAVEL

Special charter: If there are no scheduled commercial services or a politician will be "unduly delayed" by using one, they can use charter transport for parliamentary, electorate or official business.

Electorate charter: MPs and senators can hire charter planes or other vehicles for official travel within their electorate. MPs representing electorates 300,000 square km or bigger can claim up to $120,000 per year.

CAR TRANSPORT

All politicians get unlimited car transport for parliamentary or official business.

They're covered for travel between their home, electorate office, place of business, nearest airport or railway station; within a 30km radius of Parliament House in Canberra; in capital cities or regional centres other than their own.

They can also use cars for personal emergencies, funerals, and other personal services - like banking - if they're not available in Parliament House.

PRIVATE CAR

All Senators and MPs are entitled to an Australian-made private-plated car, including all running and maintenance costs, for private purposes or they can ask for an additional allowance of $19,500 per year.

They can also be reimbursed up to $240 for parking at an airport or railway station.

OVERSEAS TRAVEL

Politicians travelling as part of a parliamentary delegation will have the cost of business class airfares, accommodation "of an appropriate standard", meals, equipment, official hospitality and a clothing allowance covered.

They can downgrade their class of travel to extend the trip or offset the cost of taking a spouse with them.

TRAVEL ALLOWANCE

All senators and MPs get an allowance to cover accommodation, meals and incidentals for each overnight stay away from home for various reasons, including sittings of parliament, party meetings and conferences, official government or parliamentary functions. The allowance varies on location - it's $400 per night in Sydney and $276 in Canberra.

Some can also claim an allowance within their electorate if it's 10,000sq km or bigger, as many as 16 to 66 times a year.

(Source: Department of Finance)

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