Philip Ruddock caught ‘double dipping’ on his massive government pension

It’s a story that has become all too common it seems… Politicians using taxpayer money for their own benefit. Now

It’s a story that has become all too common it seems… Politicians using taxpayer money for their own benefit.

Now former Coalition minister Philip Ruddock has been called out for “double dipping” by taking home his parliamentary pension of more than $200,000 a year on top of full pay for his new role as Australia’s human rights representative.

Mr Ruddock spent 42 years in federal Parliament, which entitles him to around $215,000 per year, or a lump sum of around $2.5 million plus $107,500 per year.

It turns out that Mr Ruddock has also been getting his salary for his new departmental contract at the same time, which sees him earning well over anything the average Aussie could dream of.

His new contract reportedly works on a per diem share of between $210,482 and $241,715, which he gets on top of his pension.

Former MPs who take on government jobs usually have their pension adjusted accordingly to avoid double dipping in the system.

DFAT’s multilateral policy division boss Lachlan Strahan said Mr Ruddock had sought legal advice over the issue, but was told because of his title he is exempt from the rule.

“Legal advice was sought on that matter and the legal advice that we were given is that because he bears the title of envoy, it doesn’t have an impact on his pension,” Dr Strahan said.

“I gather it’s not linked to the title – it’s the type of title, I understand. He actually sought advice off his own bat about his pension.”

Mr Ruddock himself has said there is no reason for him to make any changes.

“The written advice from the Department of Finance is that if it is under a contract with the department – presumably it’s happened before – it would have a very marginal impact on my pension, even if it were an office of profit under the Crown,” he said.

“It’s a daily rate and the impact on the pension is marginal.”

While it is all well and good from a legal point of view the revelation has angered many – particularly over 60s who are struggling to make ends meet on their own pension.

Reports from earlier this year found that the pension rate actually falls under the poverty line.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you on the pension?

  1. Paul  

    Once again jobs for the boys. Let Andrew Wilkie and the Greens know.

    • John Crossan  

      Why is there no outcry over the changes to pension starting January 2017,it’s time. The grey army take on the government over these drastic measures,I think it’s one of the few country’s that screw pensioners on a regular basis none of thes major party must have no parents/grandparents struggling with pension and health issues

  2. Rob Ozanne  

    The grubby looking little pile of rat’s droppings should try and live on $950 a fortnight !

  3. Carole  

    Try living on $244 a fnight while you go to uni fulltime and find time to find a job on the weekends instead of study! ..oh thats right he had free uni! We”ll have huge debts and no jobs! ..maybe we should all become polititions, set for life and didnt earnt it!!!!!!!

    • Kayleen  

      Sorry there has never been free uni, same as my mother used to say free schoolin some pollies imagination.

  4. Julie  

    I despair in ever finding a true and honourable government offical
    When will there be a Prime Minister and those in power do something about these indulgences.

  5. clifford  

    I’m 68, just remarried (loneliness is a “cancer ‘ in its self ) so they reduced my O.A Pension from $853 per fortnight down to $605 per fortnight I now have inherited two beautiful kids which fill the house ( now a home ) with the noise and laughter a cacophony i truly missed ….so now we have 4 mouths to feed (wife does not work and is not entitled to newstart for 104 weeks thats right two years ..she is out everyday pounding the pavement looking for ANY work…we have a mortgage and my Entitlement has been reduced from $853 down to $605 per fortnight so I’m trying to go back into the work force …..hows Mr Ruddock managing ? on more than $322,000 pension per year plus perks so if we divide Phils pension Phil gets my Yearly pension,,,,, every two weeks plus perks ! and he is just one of Hundreds of retired Politicians and Bureaucrats all still with their feet in the trough …..they are too thick skinned to care or be embarrassed its an obscenity we expect from these Avaricious people ….

    • I don’t think there is anything anyone can say to that Cliff …. just despair. The theory is two can live as cheaply as one …. They are dead against marriage …. What happened to people as individuals?

    • Tom  

      Given the work that e has done he is entitled to it, perhaps you should have checked your pension before remarrying

      • Wiso  

        I agree with you Tom. His pension is his workplace agreement entitlement when he left politics after 42 years. The fact that he has secured another paid position does not exclude him from his pension just like every other Defence Force personnel or public servant. It is a condition of his employment and is in no way connected to welfare.
        It makes me quite angry that people only see what is in it for themselves without making any effort to better themselves and just expect ‘the Government’ to look after them. I am sure they wouldn’t be happy if they didn’t get their entitlements from their employer, and politicians are no different from any other employee.
        Cliff would have known the rules surrounding his pension before marrying again and chose to go ahead so don’t start complaining now.
        It never ceases to amaze me that people are so ignorant of the facts and just resort to destructive jealousy when they see someone with more than them.
        It also angers me that articles like this are written to exacerbate this. Not a good look.

  6. ken goodman  

    Should be used to these greedy money grubbing bastards by now

  7. Ken T  

    I lnow so many people who retire, get their superannuation then also do things for the community – for no pay and they pay their own expenses. I know hundreds of these people. Just one was a bloke who lived in Malvern and travelled to Broadmeadows two or three times a week for at least a decade to teach anyone computer skills. The only thing that stopped him was his health!
    It’s timemto call put these self-serving politicians and bureaucrats.

  8. Anton Drew  

    The Liberals’ Friend, Andrew Bolt is conspicuous with his silence on this. I bet if it was a Labor Minister he would be onto like a ton of bricks. BTW I am a swinging voter, so NO allegiances with this comment. PIGS IN THE TROUGH is the best way to describe politicians, who when all is said and done couldn’t give a stuff about the “plebs”, us…..

    • Wiso  

      What’s to comment on Anton. Labor pollies are entitled to the very same thing as part of their workplace agreement so their is nothing special to report or comment on. What do you think Kim Beasley is doing right now. On a retired politicians pension and receiving salary as Australian Ambassador to the USA. He is earning for more than Philip Ruddick but there is nothing said about that either because it is perfectly legal and above board.

  9. H tyler  

    I only hope he pays tax on his pension as well as his job. I pay tax on my super pension and get no old age pension. My 61 year old brother was told to live off his savings even though his specialist has given him a letter explaining he is unfit to work.

  10. J Sharwood  

    Talk about discrimination , , hubby on age pension , & due to injury Iam on Newstart , . Because we are married he gets est 650 fortnight I get 488 per fortnight , with Morgage to pay & every day living . To me I can now see when age pensioner says they can’t afford things . Yes I do know it’s not an entitlement , why is it such a big difference between married to single . Like to see all pollies live like a lot of every day Aussie Seniors .

    • Dilemia  

      You asked the difference in pensions between single and married. Singles still have to pay all the outgoings (i.e Morage/ strata rates, council rates, electricity, water rates etc. ) We do get government help with some rates and tax relief as do married/couples. As far as living expenses food, petrol, holidays etc it is up to you to control. BUT yes pollies are only there to feather their own nests no member of any party would be game enough to challenge their pensions etc.

  11. Aida S  

    Seriously, I would call that downright criminal. Where’s Robin Hood when we need him. Politicians should be treated just like the rest of us when they retire from politics and also have to live on their super after retiring. Pensions should begin at the age of entitlement we have, the same as everyone else. There should also be an independent body to set politicians wages and entitlements, they shouldn’t be able to do this themselves and vote in their own increases and benefits. A much needed shake up for this system needs to come about. Maybe then we would get some pollies who genuinely care about their constituents instead of people making politics a career choice. Most politicians are wealthy. How would they have any clue how the normal person lives. Take this excessive renumeration out of politics! Sounds like a good TShirt slogan. Let’s go folks!!!

  12. Jasper Brenner  

    Big deal. US government teachers have been doing the same thing for over 70 years. Retire at 55 with full pension, then go back to work for the same school district, doing the same job for full pay. They get away with it because the people sitting across the collective bargaining table from them are former school teachers or their husbands who are members of the school board. Conflict of interest? Yes indeed! But this is what you get when you let politician and bureaucrats write their own laws.

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