Leaving on a jet plane. Our politicians’ flying habits have inspired many headlines over the last two months. Details such as where they go, how they get there, who goes with them and how much they spend have all been raked over with a fine-tooth comb. Now, procurement agency Acquire Procurement Services has created a graphic representation of all the domestic scheduled flights taken by politicians between July 1 and December 31 last year. Called Poli Flight, the platform allows users to look at individual politicians, airports and routes and even ranks politicians on cost and distance travelled.
West Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert comes out on top, with $77,877 worth of flights in six months covering 177,428 kilometers on 75 flights. Mathias Cormann comes in second with $76,521 worth of flights over 168,249 — it’s no surprise the big spenders are Western Australians. Of course if international flights were included we’d be looking at some very different names. The project only covers non-chartered flights — so we don’t get to see Bronwyn Bishop fly from Melbourne to Geelong in her chopper, but it does show that overall $5.9 million was spent by our pollies on domestic commercial flights in six months — almost a million dollars a month. The Sydney-to-Canberra corridor accounted for almost 1500 of our pollies’ flights.
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