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Being a Politician Is Nice Work, When You Can Steal It

Politicians in Queensland, Australia, have voted themselves a new “resettlement allowance” for when they’re voted out of office. MPs will continue to be paid their full salaries for two months after leaving office, which is about A$17,000 (US$14,200). The perk is in addition to an already standard two airline tickets home, as well as unlimited rail travel anywhere in the country. Political leaders on both sides of the aisle endorsed the extra compensation, saying it was akin to unemployment benefits. (Brisbane Courier-Mail) ...Angry voters considered voting them all out of office, but....

Publication Date: 22 April 2007

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