MP claims $5000 for 2-day LNP gig in WA

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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.

PHOTO: FILE

’IN­VALU­ABLE’ TRIP: MP Ann Leahy.

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