MP claims $5000 for 2-day LNP gig in WA
MEMBER for Warrego Ann Leahy justified travelling to Albany last year for a two-day conference that cost taxpayers more than $5000.
The annual conference of State Parliamentarians united former and current Liberal National Party MPs across the country, including Ms Leahy and at least seven other Queenslanders.
Ms Leahy said the event was “invaluable” to improve policies, initiatives, services and infrastructure in her electorate.
“I learn more about what I can do for my electorate in the two-day conference than I do in a whole week sitting in Queensland State parliament,” Ms Leahy said.
“The initiatives and the things we talk about are so relevant ... because it’s all about doing things for regional people.”
While the expense has been criticised, Ms Leahy said the cost would have been lower had the conference not been in Western Australia.
Ms Leahy claimed $810 in travel allowances for her three-night stay and $4668.51 in airfares, including a flight from Perth to Albany on Regional Express Airlines.
“Flying on Rex was really invaluable when I had to do a submission to the Federal Government inquiry into regional airlines,” she said.
Ms Leahy’s predecessor and fiance Howard Hobbs also attended and claimed $4668.51 under former MP benefits, which have now been relinquished.
Member for Condamine Pat Weir claimed just more than $2000, which contributed to a total of more than $45,000.
’INVALUABLE’ TRIP: MP Ann Leahy.