Joyce de­fends travel ex­penses claim

Shepparton News - - NATIONAL AND WORLD NEWS -

CAN­BERRA: Barnaby Joyce has de­fended his use of tax­payer-funded travel ex­penses to stay in Can­berra for al­most two months while the Fed­eral Par­lia­ment wasn’t sit­ting, say­ing he was then ‘‘min­is­ter for every­thing’’.

The for­mer deputy prime min­is­ter was on Thurs­day cleared of mis­us­ing his ex­penses to spend time with his ad­viser-turned-part­ner Vikki Cam­pion.

The New Eng­land MP claimed at least $16 000 in re­funds for 58 days he spent in Can­berra in 2017 when par­lia­ment wasn’t sit­ting. That com­pared to just 12 nights in 2015 and in 2016.

The In­de­pen­dent Par­lia­men­tary Ex­penses Au­thor­ity said it had to take the exNa­tion­als leader at his word that he was telling the truth about his Can­berra stays.

Mr Joyce said he al­ways ex­pected to be cleared by the ex­penses au­thor­ity.

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