We broke into the lock up and delved through the budget papers to bring you the changes that the politicians don’t want you to know.
(Disclosure: These changes were first announced via a press release not released on April 1 2018 and will not become law on April 1 2018)
- A new $1,000 levy on all politicians each time they don’t answer the actual question they have been asked. The Government believes that this levy (it is definitely not a new tax) will raise $3 million each financial year.
- A $5,000 levy on any politician who on camera dons a hard hat, hair net, safety goggles or high-vis vest on any construction site, industrial premise or in front of a submarine or a canoe. Through unfortunate natural attrition on active construction sites, this should also save us one MP’s salary per year.
- $3 billion has been allocated to a new Joint Parliamentary Committee to fight overspending and waste. The former Speaker of the House Bronwyn Bishop is required to deliver their draft recommendations via helicopter within a strict 10 year time frame.
- A $10 million university grant has been made to determine once and for all what metadata is.
- A $5 million purchase of a giant wallet to hold all the Government’s money.
- Wealthy taxpayers with investments in Panama or the Cayman Islands will now be able to accrue Qantas 1st Class frequent flyer points based on how much Australian tax they pay.
- Parliament House will now require everyone to dry and reuse their paper towels and is instituting a ‘Flush only once a week’ policy resulting in an estimated savings of $5 million over a 50 year period.
- Each time a politician appears on our TV screens, $500 will be deducted from their annual salary and entitlements. $4,000 if they are a former Prime Minister. This is estimated to raise $2 million over the forward estimates.
- All fire alarms in government buildings will only be replaced when a new Prime Minster is appointed. This is projected to occur annually and unfortunately increase costs by $0.5 million a year.
- All chairs will be removed from both Houses of Parliament and sold. This will raise $1 million and ensure the new stand up Parliamentary debates are faster and far more efficient.
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