Illawarra federal politicians have spent more than $3.3 million in taxpayer dollars during the past three years funding office fit-outs, domestic air travel and car costs.
MPs Sharon Bird, Stephen Jones, Joanna Gash and Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells claimed a total of $3,365,174 in parliamentary expenses between July 2010 and December last year, parliamentary figures reveal.
Despite the seemingly high amount, each of the pollies fell in the bottom half of a list ranking the expenditure of 276 parliamentarians, compiled from Department of Finance data by Fairfax Media.
The list was topped by the two prime ministers during the period, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, who each claimed more than $3million.
Then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was next on the list, spending $2,731,253 of taxpayers’ money.
Ms Bird was ranked 144 in the list of expense claims and Mr Jones 147th, claiming $884,000 and $882,000 respectively.
The now retired Mrs Gash spent about $800,000 and ranked 178th, while Sen Fierravanti-Wells claimed $797,000 and ranked 180th.
While some MPs have been criticised for charging taxpayers to attend the weddings of shock-jocks and Indian dignitaries, the main costs for the four Illawarra MPs were administrative and office facilities.
Of the four, only Mrs Gash charged taxpayers for any overseas travel in the 2-year period, spending $5029 in 2011 and $176 in 2012.
Mr Jones spent the most in the office fit-out category during the period, charging taxpayers more than $90,000 in the six-month period to December 2011.
In comparison, Ms Bird spent nearly $9000 on office fit-outs while Mrs Gash spent about $800 and Sen Fierravanti-Wells spent $1053.