Topics:  expenses, john howard, prime minister, taxpayers, travel

Howard tops ex-PMs in perks

FIVE of Australia's surviving former prime ministers have cost taxpayers almost $1 million in travel and office expenses in 12 months.

John Howard, Australia's second longest-serving prime minister, topped the list with a bill of almost $300,000 for the 2010-11 financial year, documents released by the Department of Finance and Deregulation revealed.

Entitlements for the five former prime ministers totalled $984,880 for the 12 months.

On top of their generous parliamentary pensions, former prime ministers are entitled to taxpayer-funded support, "in recognition of public service", in the form of domestic airfares - for themselves and family - an office and staff and a car.

In 2001 Mr Howard, as prime minister, announced entitlements of former prime ministers, governors-general and life gold passholders would be made public every six months.

The former Liberal PM's Sydney office cost more than $255,000 to run in 2010-11.

Mr Howard racked up a travel bill of almost $38,000, with that figure comprising an almost even split between car costs and airfares.

Malcolm Fraser was next on the list with taxpayers forking out more than $255,000.

Mr Fraser, who last week turned 82, spent $194,954 on his office and almost $34,000 in car costs.

His airfares totalled $12,269.

The man Mr Fraser successfully deposed as prime minister in 1975, Gough Whitlam, cost taxpayers the least of all the former prime ministers with a total spend of $137,832.

Fellow former Labor MPs Paul Keating ($149,423) and Bob Hawke ($144,603) also came in well below their conservatives counterparts.

 

PM PERKS

What the five surviving former PMs costs taxpayers in 2010-11*:

John Howard

$297,765.27

Malcolm Fraser

$255,256.10

Paul Keating

$149,423.47

Bob Hawke

$144,603.30

Gough Whitlam

$137,832.20

*Entitlements paid by the Department of Finance and Deregulation. Figures are totals for 2010-11 financial year and taken from documents tabled in parliament.



Local Real Estate

Featured Jobs

Warwick jobs listed daily



Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Have Your Say

Balancing the books: Queensland's...
Learn More

WIN A CAR

Win a Mitsubishi Mirage
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Property Listings

Search for a property online right now.
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

Horoscopes

Taurus

Attending to unfinished emotional business from the past may be tedious but essential now. You need to let go of past hurts and memories. You...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save