Former MPs and their spouses racked up $703,000 on taxpayer-funded travel in the past year – including nearly $25,000 by some couples.
In all 157 people claimed money back through a perk which provides subsidies of up to 90 per cent on travel and is available only to MPs elected before 1999.
Of the total expenses $556,000 was claimed for international flights.
Former MPs’ spouses spent $349,600 – nearly as much as the politicians themselves – who spent $353,257.
Their total costs for the past year were slightly less than the $716,000 claimed in the previous year – when Parliamentary Service began revealing the figures for the first time.
The biggest-spending former MP was former Labour MP Sir Kerry Burke who claimed $16,147 in international and domestic travel.
His partner Fahimeh Burke claimed $8265.
Former National MP John Luxton claimed $13,495 while his partner Mary Scholtens claimed $11,631.
Some of the bigger spenders were former MPs who now held high-paying Government roles.