Queensland MPs' travel expenditure report shows who spent up big on travel
Queensland MPs' travel expenditure report shows who spent up big on travel

Pricey flights for some travelling MPs

SOME Queensland MPs are using their travel allowances to pay round-the-world airfare prices for flights between state capitals and regional centres.

The report on MPs travel expenditure, tabled in State Parliament this week, shows the majority of MPs did not use their allowances in the first six months of the 2013-14 financial year, but made up for it in the second half of the year.

The taxpayer-funded travel allowances must be used only for parliamentary business when it is the primary purpose of the trip.

MPs that live within a 200km radius of Brisbane are not entitled to taxpayer-funded air travel for parliamentary business or on sitting weeks.

The biannual report showed regional MPs used their allowances to cover flights in their vast electorates.

Topping the list was retiring Warrego MP Howard Hobbs who racked $23,344.60 which included one $4079 flight to Charleville along with Gregory MP Vaughn Johnson who racked up $16,315.39 which included a $4180 flight to Bedourie in Central-Western Queensland.

 

Both Mr Hobbs and Mr Johnson are MPs of two of the biggest electorates in the country.

Moggill MP Bruce Flegg was reimbursed $5355 for Brisbane-based accommodation despite living 22km away from the CBD while Lockyer MP Ian Rickuss slugged taxpayers $3162.52 in car hire fees for use within Gatton.

The majority of 74 Liberal National Party MPs were afforded $540 in daily travel allowances for a three-day LNP conference in February this year at the world-class O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat located in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk claimed no travel expenditure for the first half of the year.

Read the reports by clicking on the links below.

-General Travel Allocation Expenditure by Members of the Legislative Assembly - 1 January 2014 - 30 June 2014
-Daily Travelling Allowance Claims by Members of the Legislative Assembly - Annual Report 2013-14

 

- APN NEWSDESK



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