Dumped treasurer Joe Hockey’s choice to quit politics mid-term has cost taxpayers more than $ 450,000 in by-election expenditures.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull removed Mr Hockey as treasurer when he assumed the leadership in September, sparking the former member for North Sydney’s resignation from Parliament.
Liberal candidate Trent Zimmerman — a former staffer for Mr Hockey — last weekend won the safe Liberal seat regardless of a swing against the Government.
Recent listings on the Government’s tender web site show practically $ 35,000 was spent on Australian Electoral Commission marketing, along with a lot more than $ 15,000 on printing.
More than $ 70,000 was also spent on venue hire, whilst delivering the official household guide expense $ 75,000.
Spending of less than $ 10,000 is not published.
Mr Hockey was this week officially named Australia’s next Ambassador to the United States and is set to begin in Washington subsequent month.
In an interview released earlier this week Mr Hockey stated: “If I was going to stay it would have to be overwhelmingly about receiving even with individuals that brought me down.”
Labor’s waste watch spokesman Pat Conroy said the former treasurer’s purpose for leaving Parliament early is not good adequate.
“Properly this is Joe Hockey’s final insult to the Australian public, to cost taxpayers a completely unnecessary half-a-million dollars for this by-election when he admits freely the only reason he left Parliament was if he’d stayed he would have just plotted revenge against Malcolm Turnbull and the plotters who brought down Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey,” Mr Conroy stated.
“Usually these issues occur if folks are sick or they’ve got private causes, but to resign less than a year out from an election just to take yet another government gig is fairly appalling I would say.”
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