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Coalition MPs charge taxpayers $2,500 for trip to 2013 AFL Grand Final

September 2013

Finance Minister Matthias Cormann, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo and Tasmanian senator David Bushby charged taxpayers more than $2,500 for a trip to the AFL grand final in 2013. All three were guests of the National Australia Bank and received complimentary tickets and hospitality. 

Senator Cormann billed taxpayers $3,533 for airfares to attend the 2013 match with his wife. In a statement his office said he had “official commitments before, during and after the AFL grand final weekend”.

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo charged taxpayers $1,102 for an airfare to the match. According to the ABC, his office did not respond to a request for comment.

Tasmanian senator David Bushby billed $863 for flights from Hobart to Melbourne and back again. Senator Mitch Fifield also attended the grand final as a guest of the National Australia Bank but did not charge taxpayers for any travel. He lives in Victoria.

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