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Coalition MPs charge taxpayers $2,500 for trip to 2013 AFL Grand Final

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Coalition MPs charge taxpayers $2,500 for trip to 2013 AFL Grand Final

September 2013

Finance Minister Matthias Cormann, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo and Tasmanian senator David Bushby charged taxpayers more than $2,500 for a trip to the AFL grand final in 2013. All three were guests of the National Australia Bank and received complimentary tickets and hospitality. 

Senator Cormann billed taxpayers $3,533 for airfares to attend the 2013 match with his wife. In a statement his office said he had “official commitments before, during and after the AFL grand final weekend”.

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo charged taxpayers $1,102 for an airfare to the match. According to the ABC, his office did not respond to a request for comment.

Tasmanian senator David Bushby billed $863 for flights from Hobart to Melbourne and back again. Senator Mitch Fifield also attended the grand final as a guest of the National Australia Bank but did not charge taxpayers for any travel. He lives in Victoria.

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Dubious Travel Claims

Ministerial business that just happens to coincide with a grand final or a concert; electorate business that must be conducted in prime tourist locations, or at the same time as party fundraisers. All above board, maybe, but does it really pass the pub test? Or does it just reinforce the fact that politicians take the public for mugs?

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