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.
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