$1,352 for Christopher Pyne’s day use of London hotel room
Taxpayers were billed $1,352 to “day let” a room at a swish London hotel before the then education minister and his wife, Carolyn, flew back to Australia on the same day, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
More than $2,000 was also spent on VIP services at Heathrow Airport for the Pynes.
Mr Pyne and his wife enjoyed a $30,000 lavish trip to London and Rome in April paid for by taxpayers.
Documents released by the Education Department after a Freedom of Information request revealed Mr Pyne got around guidelines that prevent spouses being funded on overseas trips unless in certain circumstances with a special letter of approval by Mr Abbott’s chief of staff, Peta Credlin.