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Controversial ‘gold pass’ for former politicians axed, effective immediately

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The controversial ‘gold pass’ entitlements program for retired politicians has been axed, effective immediately.

The scheme has cost taxpayers more than $17 million since its introduction in 2001.

Some former politicians have received up to 40 years worth of free business class travel after leaving parliament.

Roughly 200 former MPs are said to be impacted by the changes.

Only former Prime Ministers will remain eligible for the perk.

However, Malcolm Turnbull said he would not use it.

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