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Labor crackdown on politicians ‘double-dipping’

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The Shadow Minister for Communications said the Opposition was likely to make an announcement about politicians “double-dipping” on their Canberra housing arrangements before the election.

MPs and senators are able to claim travel allowance of $273 a night for staying in their own property in Canberra and they are also able to receive a tax deduction for the costs associated with that property.

Mr Clare said the rules needed to be consistent with community standards.

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“I think there is a fair argument this is not consistent,” he told Channel Seven.

“My understanding is that Bill Shorten has asked Chris Bowen and Labor’s economic team to have a look at this and we will have more to say about this very soon.”

Mr Clare said any announcement would come before the election.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said she was surprised by Mr Clare’s comments, arguing politicians should not set their own salaries, entitlements, or allowances.

“That is why we have the independent Remuneration Tribunal doing that,” she said.

When asked if she “double-dipped” by owning a property in Canberra and claiming travel allowance to stay in it, Senator Cash insisted that she complied with the law.


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