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

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.
Coalition ministers charge taxpayers $4500 for trip to $10,000-a-head fundraiser

Coalition ministers charge taxpayers $4500 for trip to $10,000-a-head fundraiser

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.
Tony Burke claims $12,000 from taxpayers for family trip to Uluru

Tony Burke claims $12,000 from taxpayers for family trip to Uluru

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: when is a partner not a partner?

Julie Bishop: when is a partner not a partner?

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.
Michael McCormack and wife flew on a government jet to attend Melbourne Cup

Michael McCormack and wife flew on a government jet to attend Melbourne Cup

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.
Mathias Cormann’s $23,000 travel bill for Broome trips over five years

Mathias Cormann’s $23,000 travel bill for Broome trips over five years

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.
Eric Abetz bills taxpayers $3000 to attend mining industry gala

Eric Abetz bills taxpayers $3000 to attend mining industry gala

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.
Taxpayers cough up $3700 for Pauline Hanson’s Perth fundraising trip

Taxpayers cough up $3700 for Pauline Hanson’s Perth fundraising trip

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.
$2500 bill for Cory Bernardi’s trip to fundraiser

$2500 bill for Cory Bernardi’s trip to fundraiser

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.
Taxpayers paid $2000 for Stuart Robert to attend Hillsong conference

Taxpayers paid $2000 for Stuart Robert to attend Hillsong conference

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’.
Albanese repays cost of Comcars for travel to party fundraiser

Albanese repays cost of Comcars for travel to party fundraiser

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.
Bowen bills taxpayers $2000 for four-hour trip to Adelaide

Bowen bills taxpayers $2000 for four-hour trip to Adelaide

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.

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