Politicians’ expenses

Aug 17, 2015

Q. Which of the following political expenses should politicians be reimbursed for?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Oct 2013
Travel for events directly related to their electoral or parliamentary work (unlimited if work related) 64% 65% 70% 78% 61% 70%
Printing of materials to inform their electorate 62% 62% 68% 69% 59% 53%
Publications allowance (for books and magazines) 38% 37% 42% 52% 33% 31%
Overseas study trips (a limited number per year) 34% 34% 38% 46% 29% 36%
Free use of a taxpayer funded car 29% 27% 35% 29% 22% 29%
An allowance for nights spent in Canberra, regardless of where the MP stays 26% 24% 31% 23% 23% 19%
An electorate allowance that covers the cost of serving the electorate, which MP’s can keep if it is not spent 21% 20% 22% 26% 20% 16%
Social events for networking purposes 17% 12% 26% 11% 12% 19%
Travel for politicians families to visit them in Canberra or interstate when they are on Government business 16% 16% 16% 26% 12% 18%
Travel for politicians spouses to accompany them on overseas trips 15% 14% 16% 21% 15% 15%

More than half approve of reimbursing politicians for travel for events directly related to their electoral or parliamentary work (64%) and printing of materials to inform their electorate (62%). A substantial minority also approve a publications allowance (38%) and limited overseas study trips (34%).

Very few supported funding for travel for spouses to accompany them on overseas trips (15%) or family travel within Australia (16%).

Since this question was asked in October 2013, support has fallen for funding travel to directly-related events (down 6%), but increased for printing (up 9%), publications (up 7%) and an allowance for nights spent in Canberra (up 7%).

Bronwyn Bishop

Aug 11, 2015

Do you think Bronwyn Bishop should now resign from Parliament or remain in Parliament? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Should resign from Parliament 66% 78% 52% 80% 77%
Should remain in Parliament 18% 9% 35% 12% 11%
Don’t know 16% 13% 13% 8% 12%

66% think the former Speaker, Bronwyn Bishop, should resign from Parliament and 18% think she should remain in Parliament.

A slight majority of Liberal/National voters think she should resign from Parliament.

PM response to politicians’ expenses

Oct 29, 2013

Q. Thinking about the issue of politicians claiming expenses for attending social functions and other non-government related spending, do you think the Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s response to this issue has been too tough, too soft or about right?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Too tough

3%

4%

2%

4%

1%

Too soft

48%

67%

32%

73%

50%

About right

26%

9%

46%

6%

24%

Don’t know

23%

20%

20%

17%

25%

48% think that Prime Minster Tony Abbott’s response to politicians claiming expenses for attending social functions and other non-government related spending has been too soft, 3% think he has been too tough and 26% think his response has been about right.