Thousands of senior officials swept into expenses review

Bronwyn Bishop may have the last laugh at the expense of senior public servants she once terrorised over use of taxpayer’s money. The entitlements review announced on the weekend will look at bringing statutory officials into the same system with independent oversight of their travel and personal expenses.

It’s been one rule for public officials and another for politicians, but not for much longer.

Departmental secretaries, heads of federal agencies, commissioners, members of government advisory bodies, judges and other statutory positions have been caught up in the review of parliamentary entitlements, with the committee asked to consider whether they should have the same independent scrutiny and disclosure the public expect for politicians.

David Tune

David Tune

Former federal Department of Finance secretary David Tune and current Remuneration Tribunal president John Conde will co-chair a committee to develop and propose models for an independent parliamentary entitlements system.

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