I believe it is important that information about all salary and allowances that I receive from the public purse are easily accessible by you, my constituents.
|Superannuation (Note 1)||$ 22,973|
|Electorate and Expense Allowance (Note 2)||$ 57,555|
|Second Residence Allowance (Note 3)||$ 25,120|
Note 1. I will NOT receive an MP pension when I retire. I receive employer contributions to an accumulation fund, in the same way all employees do, to which I add personal contributions as well.
Note 2. I spend my entire Electorate Allowances on work-related expenses such as sporting club and other group sponsorships, attending community functions, Facebook advertising, and additional office expenses above my Electorate Office budget. I do not sponsor individuals so please do not ask as refusal often offends.
Note 3. I live in my electorate, at Ararat. I maintain a flat in Melbourne so I can attend Parliament and other meetings in Melbourne. The cost of the flat exceeds the Second Residence Allowance.
I drive a Ford Territory provided by the Department of Treasury and Finance; 123,000km so far from my election in December 2014 to April 2017. On one occasion I hired a driver to drive my car to enable me to safely attend functions and meetings across a very big area, an additional allowance exists for this purpose for electorates over 10,000 km². Every other day I have driven myself.
Because of the size of Ripon, 16,761 km², if I have been at a late function and I have another early one in the same part of Ripon the next day, I occasionally stay in a motel and the cost of this is reimbursed by parliament. In 2017 I have done this four times.