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Deputy PM’s $21,000 flight to give speech on belt-tightening

May 2014

Taxpayers paid $21,500 for a chartered flight between Canberra and Brisbane for Warren Truss to give a speech after the controversial 2014 federal budget explaining the virtues of reducing expenditure, according to the Fraser Coast Chronicle.

According to an online transcript of the speech: “The Budget takes steps to ensure the government is living within its means, and to rein in the age of entitlement.”

A spokeswoman for Mr Truss said the flight was chartered as there were “no suitable commercial flights available to meet Mr Truss’s ministerial duties on May 13 and 14, 2014”.

Mr Truss’s appearance at the Conservative Breakfast Club in Brisbane occurred during Budget week sitting of Parliament, meaning he would be required in Parliament that week.

The newspaper notes: “It is unclear why (the) Brisbane appearance was booked during Budget week given that most majority of parliamentary sittings are scheduled well in advance.”

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Conflicts of Interest

Redirecting funding to pet hobbies; offering jobs to the boys without a proper tender process; secretly bankrolling candidates in elections; taking up private sector jobs in apparent breach of parliament’s code of ethics, the list goes on.

Deceptive Conduct

Claiming that greenhouse gas emissions have gone down when the facts clearly show otherwise; breaking the law on responding to FoI requests; reneging on promised legislation; claiming credit for legislation that doesn’t exist; accepting donations that breach rules. You get the drift of what behaviour this category captures.

Election Rorts

In the months before the last election, the Government spent hundreds of millions of dollars of Australian taxpayers’ money on grants for sports, community safety, rural development programs and more. Many of these grants were disproportionally awarded to marginal seats, with limited oversight and even less accountability.

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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