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Julie Bishop Receiving $200,000 Per Year From Australian Taxpayers After Retiring


Julie Bishop Receiving $200,000 Per Year From Australian Taxpayers After Retiring

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson shut down Today host Georgie Gardner on Tuesday morning, saying she was ‘not interested’ watching Julie Bishop on her own talk show.

Sources have claimed Ms Bishop has been eyeing a post-political career as a television talk host show which could see her interviewing A-list guests New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Michelle Obama, singer Sia and Princess Mary.

The former federal deputy Liberal leader  and foreign minister has since described the reports about her as a ‘complete beat-up’ after she joined the Palladium board.

While author Nikki Gemmell was all for the idea of Ms Bishop becoming Australia’s answer to Oprah, Senator Hanson wasn’t a fan.

When asked if she would watch a new talk show host by Julie Bishop, Senator Pauline Hanson (pictured) responded with a defiant no. 'No, sorry, I'm not interested,' she told the Today Show

Asked by Ms Gardner if she would tune in to a Julie Bishop talk show, Senator Hanson said it wouldn’t  ‘interest her whatsoever’.

‘I wasn’t tuned in when she was in parliament so I am really not going to tune into,’ Senator Hanson told Channel Nine’s Today Show on Tuesday morning.

‘She is trying to sell herself. Do I really want to watch her? No, I don’t. Leave it up to the other people. No, sorry, I’m not interested.’

She also questioned why Ms Bishop was so ambitious about her career after politics.

Former foreign minister Julie Bishop has since shut down reports she's eyeing off a career as a talk show host, describing the claims as a 'çomplete beat up'

‘Why? She is retiring on over $200,000 a year from the taxpayers so she really does haven’t to find another job,’ Senator Hanson said.

‘Good luck to her if she wants to. She hasn’t been offered this. She is putting it out there that she wants to do this. I would love to do a lot of things myself, whether I am going to be be taken up or not, but my time is in politics.’

Senator Hanson burst into laughter when Today Show host Georgie Gardner asked whether she would ever consider hosting her own television show.

‘No, I don’t think anyone would tune in to watch me,’ Ms Hanson replied.

‘Listen, let me do my talk on the floor of parliament, raising the issues that concerns the Australian people. I am quite happy there, thank you very much.’

Ms Hanson was asked about Julie Bishop when she appeared on Channel Nine's Today Show with host Georgie Gardener (left) and author Nikki Gemmell on Tuesday morning

Earlier this year it was reported that retiring ministers Christopher Pyne, Ms Bishop and Nigel Scullion are all set to receive between $188,000 and $220,000 a year for the rest of their life as part of a parliamentary pension scheme.

The exact amount they would receive was not specified.

Ms Bishop revealed on Monday she will begin her post-politics career in the private sector after she was appointed to the board the giant global impact investing and consultancy group Palladium.

Julie Bishop, pictured with former US First Lady Hilary Clinton (right) admitted she was approached by a television production company earlier this year but hasn't heard anything since

‘I’ve long believed the private sector is the key to lifting living standards and economic development,’ she told The Australian Financial Review.

‘It’s a long-standing personal interest of mine and working with a private company like Palladium will help me continue to work for opportunities in the Pacific and Papua New Guinea.’

She also shut down reports of becoming a talk show host, claiming she’s ‘very busy’ with other commitments.

Ms Bishop admitted she was approached by production company Screentime earlier this year but claims she’s hasn’t heard from them since.

‘The eye-watering super payments in politicians’

It was revealed earlier this year that taxpayers will pay up to $1 billion to foot bill for the retirements of politicians under an axed parliamentary pension scheme.

The cost of the scheme will blow out by another 10 per cent to $50 million a year by 2020.

Former Coalition ministers Christopher Pyne, Julie Bishop and Nigel Scullion are now receiving between $188,000 and $220,000 a year after they retired from parliament.

Retired minister Steve Ciobo, 44, will be eligible for the same payment after he turns 55.

The exact amount they would receive was not specified.

A federal MP or Senator who has served 12 years or more in Parliament is entitled to a generous, lifelong parliamentary pension if they were elected before October 2004.

Former cabinet and junior minister get an even more generous 6.25 per cent loading for every year they sat around Australia’s most powerful decision making table.

Politicians also get extra entitlements for heading up parliamentary committees.

Once they leave parliament, they are entitled to these generous benefits without having to wait until the age of 65 like any other Australian worker, who then becomes eligible for the aged pension.

While other workers have to wait until they are 60 to access their superannuation, former ministers still in their 40s will be entitled to largesse that is more than double Australia’s average full-time salary of $82,435.


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