LABOR'S three outgoing MHRs could share in a near million-dollar handshake following their election losses.
Defeated candidates Dick Adams, Sid Sidebottom and Geoff Lyons will be thanked for their years of parliamentary service under generous arrangements providing pensions, allowances and travel.
While privacy considerations are cited by the Finance Department in not disclosing the rich rewards of ``involuntary retirement'', public documents show the largesse granted by their parliamentary colleagues of years past.
Mr Adams will be by far the biggest beneficiary, securing a $146,000 per annum pension for life under a generous scheme now closed to new entrants.
Twenty years of service entitles Mr Adams to 75 per cent of the base parliamentary salary of $195,000 for life, although he could choose to halve that and take a $730,000 lump sum as well.
Two decades spent in Canberra also gives the ex-Lyons MHR the coveted ``gold pass'', which allows him 10 return domestic flights a year anywhere in Australia, along with his partner Dee Alty, for life.
Ms Alty, who was employed in Mr Adams's electorate office, should also receive a five-figure lump sum payout following Mr Adams' election loss.
Mr Sidebottom's break between his four terms of service complicates his arrangements, but the outgoing parliamentary secretary should walk away with a lump sum of around $120,000 - six months of his base salary - as a ``resettlement allowance''.
His term as a parliamentary secretary could also qualify Mr Sidebottom for 25 return domestic flights annually, albeit without a partner, for the next three years.
Mr Lyons leaves relatively cheaply for the taxpayer, with three months' pay - $49,000 - given as a lump sum, and just five return flights to Canberra offered to finalise affairs.
These benefits are on top of generous superannuation benefits provided to federal parliamentarians, which will come in handy for the three men, all in their 60s.
While the outgoing MHRs have time to consider their arrangements, Labor's continuing MHR's salary will be hit by her party's loss of government.
Franklin MHR Julie Collins, as a cabinet minister for two months, received a salary of about $336,000 but that will drop by nearly $100,000 after Saturday's poll result, and further still if Ms Collins does not win a place in the new leader's shadow cabinet.