Dubious Travel Claims - stories that make the case for a Federal ICAC

Tony Abbott’s ironman, ocean swims and fun run: all on taxpayers’ dime

Tony Abbott’s ironman, ocean swims and fun run: all on taxpayers’ dime

Tony Abbott billed taxpayers more than $1200 in travel and accommodation costs to compete in the 2011 Port Macquarie Ironman.
Abbott flies RAAF jet to donor’s birthday bash at golf club

Abbott flies RAAF jet to donor’s birthday bash at golf club

Tony Abbott used an RAAF jet to attend the birthday party of a Liberal Party donor Paul Marks. His office said the PM had work-related engagements the following day but would not say what they were.
Julie Bishop’s $30k flight from Perth to Canberra

Julie Bishop’s $30k flight from Perth to Canberra

Julie Bishop stayed an extra day in Perth after completing her official public commitments so an empty jet flew from Canberra to Perth to pick up her and her partner David Panton to return them to the nation's capital at a cost to taxpayers of $30,000.
$5300 for Barnaby Joyce’s three NRL games

$5300 for Barnaby Joyce’s three NRL games

Barnaby Joyce charged ​taxpayers more than $5300 for attending three NRL games but said the trips were a legitimate part of the job. He also charged taxpayers $741 for a family member to join him at the NRL grand final.
Michael Danby: charged public for trips to Queensland with wife

Michael Danby: charged public for trips to Queensland with wife

In 2017, Labor MP Michael Danby repaid travel claims for family trips dating back to 2010. He used public money to pay for an ad to attack an ABC reporter and he took a week's sick leave from Parliament to spend the time travelling in Israel.
Mark Dreyfus repays claim for ski chalet

Mark Dreyfus repays claim for ski chalet

Hours after demanding an investigation into Coalition travel expenses, the Labor frontbencher Mark Dreyfus admitted to billing taxpayers for a ski trip to Perisher.
Deputy PM’s $21,000 flight to give speech on belt-tightening

Deputy PM’s $21,000 flight to give speech on belt-tightening

Taxpayers paid $21,500 for a chartered flight for the deputy PM Warren Truss to fly to Brisbane just after the controversial 2014 federal budget to give a speech explaining the virtues of reducing expenditure.
Coalition MPs’ ‘study allowances’ pay for trip home from Indian wedding

Coalition MPs’ ‘study allowances’ pay for trip home from Indian wedding

Three Coalition MPs claimed more than $12,000 in “overseas study” allowances to pay for flights home after attending the wedding in Hyderabad of the granddaughter of Gina Rinehart's business partner.
Idyllic Cocos islands nice spot for a ‘family reunion’

Idyllic Cocos islands nice spot for a ‘family reunion’

Family members of Coalition MPs flew to the idyllic Cocos islands for a weekend jaunt on the taxpayers' dime. Despite claiming travel on 'family reunion' grounds, it appears both MPs were in their electorate the previous week.
MPs charge taxpayers to attend Tony Abbott’s farewell bash

MPs charge taxpayers to attend Tony Abbott’s farewell bash

Peter Dutton, Eric Abetz and Kevin Andrews billed taxpayers more than $6000 on flights, cars and hotels for their overnight stay. Neither Dutton nor Abetz responded to multiple requests for comment about the purpose of their trips.
Mathias Cormann had ‘no idea’ travel agent paid for family holiday flights

Mathias Cormann had ‘no idea’ travel agent paid for family holiday flights

Mathias Cormann had 'no idea' his family holiday flights to Singapore were paid for by Hello World, a travel company controlled by Liberal Party Treasurer Andrew Burnes.
Bridget McKenzie’s $2,200 Sydney awards night jaunt

Bridget McKenzie’s $2,200 Sydney awards night jaunt

The then Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie charged taxpayers $2200 to attend an awards night for shooting in Sydney, claiming the trip as “electorate business” even though she was a Victorian backbencher, before changing tack.
Scott Buchholz’ $1,700 claim for Sydney Harbour cruise

Scott Buchholz’ $1,700 claim for Sydney Harbour cruise

Liberal MP Scott Buchholz charged taxpayers more than $1700 to cruise Sydney Harbour with his partner aboard a luxury vessel chartered by mining magnate Gina Rinehart.
Bridget McKenzie bills public for $20k private jet to ice-hockey game

Bridget McKenzie bills public for $20k private jet to ice-hockey game

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.
Liberal MP charged wedding travel costs to taxpayers ‘in error’

Liberal MP charged wedding travel costs to taxpayers ‘in error’

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.
Speaker Bronwyn Bishop charges $5000 for chopper to fundraiser

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop charges $5000 for chopper to fundraiser

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.
United Australia Party senator bills taxpayers for $10k Broome trip

United Australia Party senator bills taxpayers for $10k Broome trip

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.

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