Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 file photo of Australian Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra. Former treasurer Hockey has been formally appointed Australia's next ambassador to the United States.
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 file photo of Australian Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra. Former treasurer Hockey has been formally appointed Australia's next ambassador to the United States. AAP Image - Sam Mooy

Hockey's departure cost the taxpayer more than $450,000

DUMPED treasurer Joe Hockey's decision to quit politics mid-term has cost taxpayers more than $450,000 in by-election expenses.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull removed Mr Hockey as treasurer when he assumed the leadership in September, sparking the former member for North Sydney's resignation from Parliament.

Liberal candidate Trent Zimmerman - a former staffer for Mr Hockey - last weekend won the safe Liberal seat despite a swing against the Government.

Recent listings on the Government's tender website show nearly $35,000 was spent on Australian Electoral Commission advertising, along with more than $15,000 on printing.

More than $70,000 was also spent on venue hire, while delivering the official household guide cost $75,000.

Read more at ABC News Online


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