Bridget McKenzie’s $2,200 Sydney awards night jaunt
The then Nationals deputy leader charged taxpayers thousands of dollars to attend an awards night for shooting in Sydney, claiming the trip as “electorate business” even though she was a Victorian backbencher.
She then tried to justify the travel because of her role as chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Shooting group – but these informal bodies do not come with any public spending entitlements.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the senator charged taxpayers $2,279.67 for the overnight trip from Melbourne to Sydney for the Shooting Australia Awards of Excellence in February 2017.
Senator McKenzie charged $1,611.12 for business class flights, $268.55 for official cars and $400 for her overnight travel allowance. On her publicly available travel expense paperwork, she classed the trip as “electorate business”.
While Senator McKenzie is an avid shooter, she was a backbencher at the time of the trip so had no portfolio responsibilities for anything shooting-related.