Barnaby Joyce DEFENDS politicians' 'travel rort'
Barnaby Joyce has defended an expenses ‘rort’ that allows politicians to pocket up to $46,000 extra per year.
MPs get an electoral Child Education Allowance Rules of between $32,000 and $46,000 on top of their base salary of $211,000.
The money is supposed to be for expenses but politicians can simply keep the cash if they don’t spend it.
Barnaby Joyce (pictured) has defended an expenses ‘rort’ that allows politicians to pocket up to $46,000 extra per year
The sum is paid directly into their bank accounts and they do not have to declare how they use it.
Former senator Derryn Hinch said this is a ‘rort’ and must be stopped.
But Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce hit back on Sunrise on Monday morning.
‘No employee stands back and says they are not entitled to what they are being paid.
No person at Channel 7 will say that,’ he said.
My Joyce said the Prime Minister’s $549,250 salary was healthy but insisted good pay is necessary to get the best people into politics.
‘Sure when you are the prime minister it is good — but to try to attract the best talent in you must have a way to get people out of the private sector,’ he said.
Former accountant Mr Joyce said he used the money to visit voters around his electorate.
‘You go through a myriad of expenses,’ he said.
Asked if he uses all of his allowance on expenses, Mr Joyce said: ‘I don’t know but I pay tax on whatever I don’t.
‘I am not going to walk away from that.
I work hard, I get paid, and if I went back as an accountant I would be paid more.’
Mr Joyce then took a swipe at Mr Hinch for describing the system as a ‘rort’.
‘It’s very well for Derryn Hinch to say this — I never heard him say it when he was actually a politician by the way.’
Sunrise presenters Sam Armytage and David Koch quizzed Mr Joyce about his expenses
Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon said the money helped MPs pay for functions, which were part of the job.
‘You must pay them enough to attract good people to the career and you need to ensure that the cost involved is covered,’ he said.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said she used her allowance to help pay for travel or donated it to community organisations.
‘I see the feasibility of having this allowance, but I’m accountable to the people,’ she told Nine’s Today program.
Senator Hanson accused Mr Hinch, who had a liver transplant in 2011, of collecting the allowance despite voting against a bill to suspend pay rises for MPs until the federal budget was in surplus.
‘This is a man who actually was on his death bed to get a liver and actually abused that as well by continuing to drink,’ she said.
‘But do I have any time for Derryn Hinch?
No, I don’t.’
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson (pictured) said she used her allowance to help pay for travel or donated it to community organisations