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Australia From free rent to private plane: The cushy benefits Scott Morrison LOSES now he’s been booted out #Australia English Headline

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From free rent to a private plane: All the cushy benefits Scott Morrison will LOSE now he’s been booted from the top job – as his salary takes a drastic plunge

  • Scott Morrison’s salary is about to drop from $550,000 a year to $211,250
  • Losing benefits that come with the prime minister’s salary may be harder
  • Rent-free houses in Canberra and Sydney and the private plane are gone 

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison is about to see his salary drop drastically by more than 50 per cent. 

Before anyone feels too sorry for him, though, it means instead of getting $550,000 a year, it will now be cut to a mere $211,250.

But it’s losing the benefits that come with the prime ministerial office that might really hurt – no more rent-free houses in Canberra and on Sydney Harbour, no more private plane and no more taxpayer-funded chef and chauffeur.

The family will now also have to pay for their own dry cleaning and groceries too, which might explain why Mr Morrison did not know the price of a litre of milk or loaf of bread when asked during the election campaign. 

Then Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and wife Jenny are pictured boarding an RAAF aircraft at Sydney Airport. Mr Morrison no longer has access to the government plane

The cost of all these added extras comes to around $350,000 a year, or $1,000 a day, so the Morrisons, like a great many other Australian families, may have to do some belt tightening. 

During the election Mr Morrison called Anthony Albanese a ‘loose unit’ for supporting a rise of $1 an hour for minimum wage workers currently getting $20.33 an hour. 

But don’t expect to see Mr Morrison looking for bargains in Aldi anytime soon — his after tax salary as an ordinary MP will still mean he gets around $12,000 a month.

You may bump into him in Sydney or Canberra airports though, as he will no longer have access to the VIP RAAF jet he has been using since becoming PM in 2018. 

The Morrisons are moving back to the house they own in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, which was empty for three-and-a-half years until last February. 

In February, the Morrison’s former pool cleaner Nikki Durant and her two adult sons moved in when her house in the Northern Rivers town of Woodburn flooded. 

But the Durants moved out on Monday as the Morrisons need their home back.  

Their former digs at The Lodge in Canberra and Kirribilli House in Sydney came with four full-time staff including a senior chef and house attendants, though. 

Scott Morrison is pictured cooking with his daughter Lily in the industrial kitchen at The Lodge in Canberra. The Morrison family has move out since Labor won last week's federal election

Scott Morrison is pictured cooking with his daughter Lily in the industrial kitchen at The Lodge in Canberra. The Morrison family has move out since Labor won last week’s federal election

Scott Morrison (pictured) liked to post pictures to social media of him cooking curries in the kitchen of the tax-payer funded prime ministerial residence in Canberra, The Lodge

Scott Morrison (pictured) liked to post pictures to social media of him cooking curries in the kitchen of the tax-payer funded prime ministerial residence in Canberra, The Lodge

It is not likely that their house in the Sutherland Shire is big enough to accomodate staff quarters, though, even if they did hire some home help. 

All former prime ministers are allowed to set up a tax-payer funded city centre office when they leave politics.

But Mr Morrison is understood to not be in any rush to leave politics yet.

Scott Morrison is pictured on the government plane, which he will no longer be able to use now that he is not the prime minister any more

Scott Morrison is pictured on the government plane, which he will no longer be able to use now that he is not the prime minister any more

Scott Morrison is pictured getting out of a government operated ComCar, one of the benefits of office

Scott Morrison is pictured getting out of a government operated ComCar, one of the benefits of office

It is thought he will stay on as the member for Cook for a while until a corporate board room job comes up. 

Until then, he will have to make do on his take home pay of $12,000 a month.

One benefit Mr Morrison will probably have, though, is the greater access to government operated ComCar given to former prime ministers.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (right) stands with newly appointed Foreign Minister Penny Wong, at the door of the government plane, on their way to Tokyo for a Quad summit

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (right) stands with newly appointed Foreign Minister Penny Wong, at the door of the government plane, on their way to Tokyo for a Quad summit

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