Crossbench anger as Prime Minister slashes most of their parliamentary staff

Anthony Albanese has sparked a war with crossbench MPs and senators by slashing their parliamentary staff entitlement by three-quarters.

The Prime Minister has emailed a letter to crossbenchers to inform them that in addition to their four electorate staff, they will only be entitled to one parliamentary staff member.

In the last parliament, crossbench MPs and senators were entitled to four parliamentary staff.

Crossbench MPs and senators are furious, viewing the reduced staffing levels as a political maneuver to stymie them.

“It’s a dog act,” one crossbencher told the ABC.

The PM has notified crossbenchers they could instead avail themselves of the Parliamentary Library for research or the Clerk of the Senate for advice on parliamentary procedure.

“My government intends to increase resourcing to the Parliamentary Library to reflect the support role that it provides to parliamentarians, particularly those on the crossbench,” Mr Albanese’s letter reads.

“The Department of Finance will provide the necessary administrative support for the employment of your personal staff member.”

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