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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