Nambour based senator James McGrath has called for all government spending to be published on the web so Australian taxpayers can see where taxes are being spent.
Nambour based senator James McGrath has called for all government spending to be published on the web so Australian taxpayers can see where taxes are being spent. Candyce Braithwaite

Show us the money! Senator calls for online tax tracker

NAMBOUR based senator James McGrath has called for all government spending to be published on the web so Australian taxpayers can see where taxes are being spent.

Senator McGrath said the "transparency portal" would effectively mean every Australian taxpayer on the Sunshine Coast would become an auditor of government spending.

In a speech in the Senate Chamber this week, Mr McGrath outlined a system he said would allow greater scrutiny of, and, therefore, would help cut government spending.

"All government spending is money that has been taken as taxes today or debt to be paid for by the taxes of tomorrow," he said.

"As the custodian of taxpayer funds, government has a strict obligation to spend those funds wisely and openly."

He suggested the online portal similar to those introduced in the UK and the USA.

"To support the ideal of low, open and accountable government spending in Australia, it is my view that all government payment details should be made publicly available online," he said.


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