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)||$24,478|
|Electorate and Expense Allowance (Note 2)||$64,457|
|Parliamentary Sitting Accomodation Allowance (Note 3)||$26,609|
|Car allowance (Note 4)|
Note 1. I will NOT receive an MP pension (the old pollie pension) when I retire. I receive employer contributions to an ordinary superannuation 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 Parliamentary Sitting Accommodation Allowance.
Note 4. I drive a Subaru Outback provided by the parliament; since my election in December 2014, I have driven over 220,000km. I do not have a driver.
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 2019 I have done this five times (to September).