In a highly unusual move Parliamentary Service has released a year by year breakdown of payouts to parliamentary staffers to secretly settle employment disputes with MPs.
More than $180,000 in total has been paid to 15 parliamentary staff, since 2013 after the breakdown of their working relationship with an MP.
The figures do not include any disputes between staff and cabinet ministers.
Kathryn Dalziel is a lawyer who specialises in privacy and employment law. She talks to Corin Dann.