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Misuse of Parliamentary entitlements

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Lee Rhiannon 19 Dec 2013

The misuse of Parliamentary entitlements, violations of Parliamentary Codes of Conduct, incidents of abuse of office, and misleading the public is something I have been following for many years now. In this blogpost I have started tracking examples of these occurences. This is an ongoing project and it will continue to be updated in the New Year.

 

DECEMBER 2013

 

 

 

 

 

20131210

Barnaby Joyce

Travel to LNP colleague Hajnal Ban's wedding, $600

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2013

 

 

 

 

 

20131106

Barnaby Joyce

Rugby League State of Origin 2012 + others, $4600

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2013

 

 

 

 

 

20131025

Don Randall

AFL match Melbourne with wife, 2012, $5203

20131018

Don Randall

Cairns trip with wife, 2012, $5000+, repaid

20131009

Tony Abbott                    

Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge 2012 + Bathurst V8 Supercar Race 2011 + Birdsville Races 2011 + Melbourne Cup 2010 + Boxing Day Test MCG 2010, $23,000

20131009

Julia Gillard

AFL Grand Final 2011

20131009

Simon Crean

AFL Grand Final 2011

20131009

Stephen Conroy

Australian Open Tennis 2012

20131009

Wayne Swan

NRL & AFL finals 2010

20131008

Tony Abbott

Ironman event, Port Macquarie November 2011, $1000+ ($941 flights, $349 overnight stay)

 

 

Ironman  event expenses defended

 

 

Sophie Mirabella's wedding, 2006, $1095 repaid

 

 

  Peter Slipper's wedding, 2006, $609.10 repaid

 

 

Pollie Pedal fund-raiser

20131008

George Brandis

(talkback host) Michael Smith's wedding, 2011, ~$1700

20131008

Barnaby Joyce

(talkback host) Michael Smith's wedding, 2011, ~$1300

 

 

Indian Reddy wedding with Gina Rinehart

20131008

Julie Bishop

Indian Reddy wedding with Gina Rinehart, June 2011, $3445

20131008

Teresa Gambaro

Indian Reddy wedding with Gina Rinehart

20131008

Mark Dreyfus

Ski trip Perisher, August 2011, $466 (2 nights' accommodation) repaid

20131007

Bernie Ripoll (ALP)

Study Tour, personal time at Tour de France, $5474

20131007

Julia Gillard

Used VIP jet to attend press secretary's wedding Byron Bay, March 2012

 

 

Tim Mathieson used taxpayer-funded car, 2007, $4243 repaid

20131002

George Brandis

Library 2009-2013, $13,000

 

 

 

JULY 2013

 

 

 

 

 

20130713

Peter Slipper

Cab vouchers/hire car winery tour, $900

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2012

 

 

 

 

 

20121012

Geoff Shaw (VIC)

Facing criminal charges over parliamentary vehicle

 

 

 

JANUARY 2011

 

 

 

 

 

20110124

Tony Burke, ALP

Family travel, various trips, ~$7000 repaid

 

Dennis Jensen, Lib

Family travel, $13411 repaid

 

Peter Dutton, Lib

Unidentified Various, $4618 Repaid

 

Julia Gillard, ALP

Taxi Fares Claimed By Family, $438 Repaid

 

Peter Slipper, LNP

Family Travel Various, $1550 Repaid

 

Alexander Downer, Lib

Various Unidentified, $2250 Repaid

 

Julie Bishop, Lib

Various Unidentified, $5468 Repaid

 

Trish Crossin, ALP

Various Unidentified, $3022 Repaid

 

Kirstin Livermore, ALP

Various Unidentified, $3642 Repaid

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

20111218

Leesa Vlahos (SA, ALP)

Study tour re ANZAC with husband, Greece, 2011, $12,500

20111218

Grace Portolesi (SA, ALP)

7yr old daughter accompanied work trip to India, April 2011, $7000

 

 

 

JULY 2010

 

 

 

 

 

20100728

Tony Abbott

Book tour (Battlelines), 30 July-14 August 2009, $9397.42 repaid

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

20100201

Peter Reith

Wife's travel to Gold Coast, Cairns, Launceston, 2004, $2841 repaid

20100201

Alexander Downer

Taxi fares after retiring, $117, repaid

20100201

Margaret Reynolds (ALP)

Exceeded 25 free return flights per year, $8556 repaid

20100201

Ian Sinclair

Comcar trips, $3081 repaid

 

 

Wife's flights to holiday house on Lord Howe Island, $915, repaid

20100201

Graham Richardson

Comcar, $63.85 repaid

20100201

John Brown

Wife's flights from Sydney to Coolangatta, $1815 repaid

 

 

 

2009

 

 

 

 

 

200906

Kevin Rudd/Wayne Swan/Godwin Grech/Malcolm Turnbull

OzCar affair/Utegate, accused of seeking special treatment for car dealer

 

 

Accusations backfire on Godwin Grech and Liberal Party

 

 

 

2005

Peter Costello

Appointed Robert Gerard, Liberal donor, to Reserve Bank Board despite knowing he was in 14 year-long dispute with ATO

 

 

 

2003

 

 

 

 

 

20030825

Mal Colston

Alleged travel rorts 1982-1983, ~$10,000

20030823

 

Wilson Tuckey

Used ministerial letterhead to write to SA Police Minister about his son's traffic fine.

 

 

 

2002

 

 

 

 

 

20021214

Helen Coonan

Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer used ministerial letterhead for personal insurance matters, arranges affairs to avoid land tax and capital gains tax

2002

John Howard

Failed to resign as director of Menzies Research Centre

 

 

Met Manildra (ethanol producer) boss who was Liberal Party donor, Dick Honan, linked with trade penalties against Brazilian ethanol

 

 

 

2001

 

 

 

 

 

2001

Peter Reith

Appointed to board of defence contractor immediately after resigning as defence minister

 

 

 

2000

 

 

 

 

 

20000306

Peter McGauran

While Acting Communications Minister was in charge of legislation banning Internet gambling, while a family-owned hotel (Millers Inn Hotel in Altona North) had 70 poker machines (annual profit $1.15million)

20001010

Peter Reith

Phone bill, $50,000+ (some calls made by son, $950, but 11,000 calls from 900 locations over 1994-1999); $50,000 repaid

20001021

 

Commentary on The Telecard Affair

20001024

 

Howard backs Reith

20001030

 

Details on government handling of misuse of telecard

20001031

 

Peter Reith admits wrongdoing

 

 

 

2001

 

 

 

 

 

2001

Michael Wooldridge

Facilitates building deal for RACGP; employed by them immediately following resignation

 

 

 

1999

 

 

 

 

 

1999

Warren Entsch

While Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, remains  director and company secretary of Cape York Concrete; wins government contract

 

 

 

1997

 

 

 

 

 

1997

Nick Sherry

Claimed $40,000 in travel allowance while staying at mothers house

1997

Geoff Prosser

While Small Business Minister was a shopping centre landlord; resigned over  conflict of interest

19970924

John Sharp

Failed to properly document travel claims while Transport Minister, $8740 repaid (additional $3335 identified by Sharp in November 1997, not sure if repaid)

19970926

Peter McGauran (NAT)

213 travel allowance claims, repaid $9000, then an additional $1462

 

 

 

1996

 

 

 

 

 

1996

John Herron

Maintained surgical practice in breach of ministerial code of ethics

1996 -1998

Warwick Parer

Interests in coal mine while resource minister

 

 

 

1984

 

 

 

 

 

1984

Mick Young

Wife failed to declare a Paddington Bear, resigned, reinstated after being cleared by judicial review

 

 

 

1982

 

 

 

 

 

1982

Michael MacKellar

Colour television import duty avoided; sacked

1982

John Moore

Botched coverup of MacKellar's colour TV; sacked

 

 

 

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