First it was a $14,000 private jet to watch a Commonwealth Games basketball game to sit with Prince Charles; a month later it was a $20,000 jet to watch the Mustangs ice hockey team in Melbourne.
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Barnaby Joyce spent more than $18,000 of taxpayer funds travelling to Armidale and Tamworth when he was trying to win the lower house seat of New England.
Peter Dutton and Mathias Cormann billed taxpayers $60,000 for RAAF flights to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Scott Morrison following the leadership spill.
Steve Irons charged taxpayers more than $2000 for flights to his own wedding in Melbourne. The MP said the money had been claimed in error and had been repaid after “a self-audit” of travel expenses.
The former Liberal speaker chartered a helicopter to travel from Melbourne to Geelong and back to attend a state Liberal Party fundraiser. The journey typically takes an hour each way by road.
Brian Burston charged taxpayers more than $10,000 to fly with his wife to Broome in the final days of his term, despite having already lost his Senate seat.
Matthias Cormann, Steve Ciobo and charged taxpayers more than $2,500 for a trip to the AFL grand final in 2013.
Stuart Robert, Dan Tehan and Simon Birmingham charged taxpayers more than $4,500 for an overnight trip to Sydney where they mingled with mining and banking donors at a $10,000-a-head Liberal party fundraiser dinner hosted by Channel Nine.
The then environment minister took a four-day return trip to Uluru with his family. Burke subsequently conceded taxpayers should not have been charged for his children to fly business class but he has not repaid the cost.
Julie Bishop claimed $32,000 from taxpayers for “family” travel by her long-term partner but did not declare his financial interests because she claims he is not her spouse.
Deputy PM Michael McCormack and his wife flew to Melbourne on a VIP government jet before the 2019 Melbourne Cup and justified the trip by reannouncing a three-year-old funding pledge for a sports facility.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann billed taxpayers more than $23,000 for weekend trips to the WA beach resort town of Broome with his wife over five years.
Then foreign minister Julie Bishop charged taxpayers $2,716 to attend the 2016 Portsea Polo for “official ministerial business”.
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz billed taxpayers $3000 for domestic return flights from Hobart to Melbourne and a series of Comcars so he and a family member could attend the Australian Mines and Metals Association centenary celebrations.
Pauline Hanson charged taxpayers $3,700 for a three-night trip to Perth where she held “intimate” $5000-a-head dinners for One Nation donors and a $20-per-head “fish and chip” fundraiser for about 300 people.
Former SA senator Cory Bernardi charged taxpayers for a $2,500 trip to Sydney on the day of a major fundraiser for his fledgling Australian Conservatives party in 2017.
Robert was a guest speaker at the Pentecostal church’s Sydney event where he delivered a lecture on how ‘innovative individuals’ are ‘influencing their pillar with the message of Jesus’.
A spokesman for Anthony Albanese said the $126 cost of the Comcars had been repaid but would not say if the money was repaid before or after Guardian Australia lodged an FoI request for travel details.
Chris Bowen billed taxpayers more than $2000 for a day trip to Adelaide, where he was the key speaker at a $500-a-head business lunch to raise money for South Australian Labor’s 2018 state election campaign.