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Albanese repays cost of Comcars for travel to party fundraiser

October 2018

Labor Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese charged the cost of two government Comcars to he used to travel to a Labor party fundraiser in Brisbane against his parliamentary allowances. Guardian Australia lodged a Freedom of Information request for details of the journeys. A spokesman for Mr Albanese said the $126 cost had been repaid but would not say if the money was repaid before or after Guardian Australia lodged the FoI request.

Anthony Albanese charged the $126 cost of the Comcars he used to travel to a Labor party fundraiser in Brisbane against his parliamentary allowances. Billed as “An Evening with Albo”, the October 2018 get-together was organised by the Galloways Hill branch of Queensland ALP to raise funds for the 2019 re-election campaign of local Labor MP, Terri Butler. 

According to Guardian Australia, driver logs released under Freedom of Information show Albanese used the chauffeured government service to travel to and from the event in Hawthorne, which he charged against his parliamentary allowances. When contacted by Guardian Australia, a spokesman for Albanese said the $126 had been repaid “out of an abundance of caution to ensure there was no doubt there had been strict compliance with the guidelines”. The spokesman would not say if the money was repaid before or after Guardian Australia lodged the FoI request for details of the journeys.

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