In a number of roles, I’ve been provided a company credit card and had to undertake remote work or attend workshops and seminars around Australia.
As far as I can remember, working out what was and was not allowable expenditure was a fairly easy process.
For instance, an average meal was acceptable. When I caught up with a high school friend one evening and we went to a fancy Japanese restaurant he knew of, well that was personal. When I got a morning coffee with breakfast, that was acceptable while a beer in the evening was personal.
If I stayed additional nights, I paid for the motel cost for those extra nights. If I was stranded, as I once was in Perth due to volcanic ash, well that was work and I tried to do work in that time.
If the work was ever longer than a week, weekends ought to be free time.
You get the pictures.
It strikes me as strange that individuals from both sides of politics that we elect to run the country have a difficult time with what is a fairly simple problem, between what is personal and what is work.
Worse than that, these individuals are on very high wages. Spending around a thousand dollars to attend a wedding interstate is loose change for high earners, so why would they waste time even mulling over such a trivial problem?
I can’t help but feel that there was little real confusion over what was acceptable, but instead, what could be gotten away with on the public purse…
I think I’ve found somewhere the budget can be cut without a loss of services to the public.
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