The 2013 failed Labor leadership coup d’état, has been revealed to have cost taxpayers $4.8 million in severance pay for sacked political advisers.
According to reports by the Department of Finance, a number of individual payouts were made with the largest going to an adviser of Julia Gillard, who was paid $129,563.49.
Among the other payouts were advisers from Julia Gillard’s private office, who received a combined total of $1.34 million. While Kevin Rudd’s 34 staff were paid a total of $1,318,833.52 and Chris Bowen’s ministerial advisers received a total of $350,000.
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