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Around 12 million Americans take out payday loans to help them pay for monthly expenses. andriano_cz/iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

We tend to underestimate our future expenses – here’s one way to prevent that

Understanding why people underpredict expenses could help them budget more accurately – and even encourage them to save more money.
Expenses scandals like Bronwyn Bishop’s can have a devastating effect on parliament and on trust in the political system. AAP/Lukas Coch

Can Bronwyn Bishop learn anything from the UK expenses scandal?

During the UK’s parliamentary expenses scandal, many questioned the system as – just like Bronwyn Bishop in Australia now – they felt that they had acted within the rules that existed at the time.
You’d think so, wouldn’t you? Lewis Whyld/PA

Miller resigns, but keeping MPs honest is still a messy business

The former culture secretary, Maria Miller, is the latest in a series of MPs to have been caught up in an expenses controversy. The issue of what parliamentarians do with their allowances has now embarrassed…
I’d just like to thank my Cabinet colleagues for their fulsome support… PA Wire

Dear Maria Miller, it really wasn’t all your fault

The news that Maria Miller decided to resign as culture secretary was not really much of a surprise. The only real surprise was the way that she had seemed to be toughing out the media feeding frenzy and…
Parliament provides allowances to assist members and senators carry out their duties but should it include going to the football? AAP Image/David Crosling

Allowances or open entitlements? When politicians play and taxpayers pay

Federal politicians can rack up relatively large bills in going about their day-to-day duties. In the last six months of 2012, Julia Gillard had allowances totalling A$647,000 – that’s nearly three…

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