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MPs' Gold Passes need independent arbiter.



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MPs' Gold Passes need Independent Arbiter

Media Release | Spokesperson Bob Brown

Thursday 2nd July 2009, 10:11am

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• Democracy & Governance

The Australian Greens say that the free 'Gold Pass' travel scheme for former MPs should be reviewed by

an independent arbiter.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown said that many Australians would be surprised to learn that

long-serving Federal MPs were given free travel for life and this could be used solely for personal

purposes.

"Since 1994 there have been limits, but the scheme should be subject to independent assessment to

ensure paid travel is only for legitimate community benefit."

Senator Brown said that an independent arbiter should be established with guidelines so that MPs and the

public were protected.