Former speaker Peter Slipper, photographed with Speaker Anna Burke, spent about $170,000 on travel and car costs between January 1 and June 30.
THE well-travelled former Speaker Peter Slipper spent $300,000 or about $11,500 a week on entitlements in the first six months of this year, according to parliamentarians' expenditure reports tabled in Parliament.
Mr Slipper, who resigned as Speaker of the House on October 9 after allegations he sexually harassed a staffer, spent about $170,000 on travel and car costs between January 1 and June 30.
This included nearly $100,000 on trips to the United States, South Africa, Uganda, the UK, Kazakhstan, Hungary and Russia. Speakers frequently attend parliamentary delegations around the world and are among the most travelled people in parliament.
Mr Slipper stepped aside as Speaker in April. Mr Slipper spent $24,000 on car costs in the first half of this year.
Kevin Rudd claimed nearly $350,000 in overseas travel despite Mr Rudd resigning as Foreign Minister in late February.
During the first two months of the year, Mr Rudd squeezed in $240,000 worth of international travel - including to Indonesia and the United States, Europe and Africa. Mr Rudd claimed more than $60,000 for a one week trip to Mexico, the United States and Tunisia.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard claimed $517,000 in overseas travel during the first half of the year while Tony Abbott claimed just $7500 on overseas travel.
The Opposition Leader's total entitlements of $460,000 were augmented by an office fit out.
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated Mr Slipper spent $13,000 a week in the first six months of this year. A more accurate figure is about $11,500.