Cast iron silence
MP MUM ON USING TAXPAYER MONEY
SWAN MHR Steve Irons has refused to answer questions about using taxpayer money for trips to Melbourne and the Gold Coast.
Revelations have surfaced that Mr Irons charged taxpayers $1132.88 for a flight to Melbourne on October 28, 2011, for Victoria Derby Day just days after getting married at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.
He charged taxpayers $1346.14 for the flight to Melbourne for the wedding on October 18 before again charging taxpayers $911.80 for flights back to Perth on October 25.
It has been reported that Mr Irons paid back the money for the wedding trip after a selfaudit in 2013.
Mr Irons also charged taxpayers $1875.14 for flights to Brisbane and $258 for three nights stay at the Gold Coast to explore golf tourism opportunities in December 2015.
The Southern Gazette asked Mr Irons a series of specific questions about the three incidents but received only this comment: “The travel in question was all within the guidelines set out for MPs.” ECU political analyst Harry Phillips said Mr Irons had been “clouded” by the revelations.
“He’s been able to hold his seat quite well in the past but now he is in a marginal seat,” he said.
“He’s had an impression of a self-made man and that’s kept him in good stead but these matters on expenses are something no Parliamentarian wants.”
Dr Phillips said the issue would be on the agenda for the next election and could make re-election difficult.
“It’s not something that will mean he will fall out of office. It’s not like the Bronwyn Bishop