Aussie Open, AFL Grand Final grab Albanese’s fancy

2014

Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s two-day trip to the Australian Open cost taxpayers more than $2000.

Anthony Albanese flew to Melbourne on January 23, 2014, the same day he went to the Australian Open to watch some tennis, and returned to Sydney the next day at a cost to taxpayers of $1,201 for the two flights. He also claimed $374 in travel allowance for the day and nearly $600 in Comcars.

When questioned by a Guardian Australia journalist, his office reportedly did not respond to a request for comment. Yet as set out by the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority: MPs “must be prepared to publicly justify your use of public resources”.

Albanese also flew from Sydney to Melbourne on the day of the 2014 AFL grand final and back the next day at a cost of $1,117. He also claimed a travel allowance of $377 and held a press conference on the afternoon of the game. He also appeared on the Bolt Report the day after the game. The cost to taxpayers of his Comcar use over the two days was just under $340.

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