Niki Savva tears into the government today over weddinggate. She has a specific proposal:
MPs could be required to report claims more regularly, say three months instead of the present six. Real time is problematic given the sometimes unavoidable to and fro between MPs and bureaucrats over changed flights and the fact sometimes travel never ends; however, in the interests of transparency, everything should be posted on the website.
MPs should be required to be more specific about the reason for the travel, other than to use the catch-all “electorate business”, as Randall did when he claimed for a visit to Cairns, only to reveal later that he had bought an investment property there.
I have an even simpler solution. Pay MPs in cash and have them claim their work-related expenses on their tax return. The same as everyone else. The ATO already vets these sorts of claims for millions of taxpayers – I’m sure another 200-odd MPs won’t crash the system.