The Courier-Mail

Premier’s fly­ing start racks up a $2.2m bill

- JASON TIN

DateDa Re­ceived: 01/04/15

Date­Dat Re­ceived: 18/02/15

Date Re­ceived: 10/06/15 Date Re­ceived: 22/05/15

(Pic­tured right) THE of­fice of Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk racked up a $2.2 mil­lion ex­penses bill in just 4½ months, which in­cluded more than $140,000 in do­mes­tic and over­seas travel.

The latest Public Re­port of Of­fice Ex­penses shows more than $2.2 mil­lion was spent by the Premier and Min­is­ter for the Arts’ of­fice be­tween Fe­bru­ary 14 and June 30. Of that, more than $1.5 mil­lion was spent on “salaries and em­ployee ex­penses”.

About $40,800 was spent on Ms Palaszczuk’s over­seas travel and of­fi­cial du­ties, with a fur­ther $66,000 spent on the same for her staff.

A to­tal of $36,500 was spent on do­mes­tic travel and $19,400 on “mo­tor ve­hi­cle run­ning costs”.

Mean­while, be­tween July 1 2014 and Fe­bru­ary 14 – a pe­riod of more than seven months – for­mer premier Camp­bell New­man’s of­fice spent more than $4 mil­lion.

This in­cluded $110,000 on do­mes­tic travel, $63,390 on mo­tor ve­hi­cle costs and $2.8 mil­lion on salaries and em­ployee ex­penses.

Be­tween mid-Fe­bru­ary and June 30, the of­fice of Op­po­si­tion Leader Lawrence Spring­borg spent more than $1.14 mil­lion.

That in­volved more than $76,000 in do­mes­tic travel, $29,555 in mo­tor ve­hi­cle costs and $12,432 in char­ter costs.

Dur­ing the same pe­riod, the of­fice of Deputy Premier Jackie Trad racked up a $10,178 do­mes­tic travel bill and an over­seas travel bill that topped $20,000.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Bill Byrne and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Steven Miles both em­barked on over­seas trips, with their of­fices’ in­ter­na­tional travel bills top­ping $26,500 and $10,000, re­spec­tively.

In Op­po­si­tion, be­tween July 1, 2014, and Fe­bru­ary 14, Ms Palaszczuk’s of­fice’s do­mes­tic travel bill was $98,368, in­clud­ing staff costs.

Last fi­nan­cial year, min­is­te­rial of­fices from both sides of pol­i­tics spent a grand to­tal of more than $33.4 mil­lion.

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