Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced today that they will work together to deliver sweeping tweaks to the rules governing political expenses.
In a rare show of bipartisan cooperation the two leaders said the time to slightly overhaul the current system was overdue.
Mr Abbott – who timed the announcement in Melbourne to coincide with a Liberal fundraiser tomorrow morning – said Australians were sick of their taxpayer dollars being abused. “We need a new system that looks very different to the current system. It’s got to look quite different,” he said.
Mr Shorten – who joined the announcement from a video feed from Sydney, where he will be visiting friends this weekend – agreed. “We can’t have a system where it appears that there is one set of rules for the public, and a different set of rules for politicians. It has to appear like everyone is treated the same”.
The changes will be announced next month, before being implemented in 2040.