Purse strings pulled on GG

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

GOV­ER­NOR-Gen­eral Quentin Bryce needs to be strict with spend­ing, the gov­ern­ment says, fol­low­ing re­ports of hefty flower and travel bills. But her of­fice has re­jected any sug­ges­tions of ex­trav­a­gant bud­gets, par­tic­u­larly on flo­ral ar­range­ments for her of­fi­cial res­i­dences which has been slashed to $ 800 a week. Ms Bryce’s of­fice re­port­edly spent close to $ 110,000 on flow­ers for both the Gov­ern­ment House and Ad­mi­ralty House res­i­dences be­tween Septem­ber 2008 and Jan­uary 31. Her in­ter­na­tional travel bill topped $ 545,000 since Septem­ber 2008. Trea­surer Wayne Swan said Ms Bryce, like ev­ery­body else, needed to ‘‘ show re­straint’’.

Quentin Bryce

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