Posted: 9:24 am on 7th May 2013

Catching a cab is expensive and handing over $100 dollars for a trip can leave a hole in your wallet.   It’s worse when you have to foot the bill for taxis you aren’t even catching!

Government spending on taxis and transport is notorious; just ask Peter Slipper!

WasteWatch has been checking out just how much the Commonwealth has been spending on cab fares and we found evidence that they had clocked up over $32 million in taxi fares since 2007.

And that doesn’t include the cost of Comcar, the government’s own private limousine service.

The Australian Taxation Office has been a big spender – in just two years, from July 2011 to June 2013, they spent $13 million on cabs. The Department of Human services also deserves an honourable mention by clocking up over $6.3 million on cabs between July 2010 and June 2013.

Taxpayers could save millions through more widespread use of video and teleconferencing, instead of shuttling public servants from one place to another in cabs.

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