Access to luxury invitation-only airport lounges is a key weapon in assiduous courtship of politicians and powerbrokers by Qantas and Virgin Australia, and now we've been given a glimpse into which Federal MPs and Senators have availed themselves of this VIP privilege.
The Parliamentary Register of Members' Interests reveals the politicians with the private lounge perks.
Curiously, while former Prime Minister Tony Abbott lists membership of both the Qantas Chairman's Lounge (above) and Virgin Australia's The Club (below) – along with 'spouse membership' for his wife Margie – current PM Malcolm Turnbull appears to have no membership to either of these elite lounges.
Not that we imagine the PM would be turned away if he walked through those frosted glass doors.
Independent Senator Nick Xenaphon – independent in both party and personal principle – doesn't have membership in either airline's primo lounges, in keeping with his leanings to fly only in economy class and, according to his website, "usually on flexible discount fares."
(Xenaphon has previously called for all Federal MPs and Senators to fly economy class on flights of two hours or less, which would encompass Canberra flights from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, where the bulk of federal politicians live.)
According to the register, Qantas has gifted Chairman's Lounge membership to at least 105 Federal politicians, which Qantas CEO Alan Joyce once described to Australian Business Traveller as "probably the most exclusive club in the country."
94 pollies are on the door list of Virgin Australia's The Club, and many enjoy access to the private lounges of both Qantas and Virgin Australia, where a la carte dining with restaurant-grade food and wines are available throughout the day and evening.
You can comb through the Federal politician lounge access list using this sortable database at the ABC News website.