Cast iron si­lence

MP MUM ON US­ING TAX­PAYER MONEY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

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

Steve Irons.

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