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, according to Guardian Australia.
Records show that Pauline Hanson charged $3,735.07 to taxpayers for her WA trip. Her flights from Brisbane to Perth and back to Canberra cost $2,517 and Hanson also claimed three days of food and accommodation allowance worth $1,218.
Politicians are not allowed to charge taxpayers for travel if the dominant purpose is party fundraising. Guardian Australia reported that a spokesman for Hanson declined to answer numerous questions about the nature of Hanson’s parliamentary business during the trip.
At the “fish and chip” fundraiser at the Botanica Bar & Bistro in Innaloo, Perth, organised by the party’s WA executive, members of far-right extremists the Proud Boys showed up outside to counter a protest against Hanson and One Nation.