Australian politicians' expenses

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No precedent for ABC’s $200k payment in Louise Milligan defamation dispute, auditor general says
ABC made a ‘business decision’ to cover costs incurred by its reporter over tweets about Liberal MP Andrew Laming

Paul Karp

18, Oct, 2021 @7:16 AM

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Coalition’s proposed anti-corruption commission would have no power to investigate recent controversies
Guardian analysis finds body lacks power and threshold too high to begin investigations, meaning car parks and sports rorts, and questions about expense claims would avoid scrutiny

Christopher Knaus, Nick Evershed, Rafqa Touma and Natasha May

08, Jul, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Peter Dutton charged taxpayers $465 for flight on day he was special guest at private event
Minister flew from Sydney to Maroochydore on same day he was to appear with Queensland Liberal leader at ‘long lunch’

Paul Karp

20, Mar, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Liberal MP's shock 2am resignation while facing Icac charges plunges SA into minority government
Blaming ‘inexperience’, Fraser Ellis becomes state party’s fifth politician to fall to expenses scandal

Royce Kurmelovs

19, Feb, 2021 @1:05 AM

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Nationals investigated by watchdog over party room meeting held just before Melbourne Cup
Exclusive: Ipea documents show the travel of 13 Nationals MPs is being examined

Christopher Knaus and William Summers

08, Dec, 2020 @4:30 PM

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No locally acquired Covid-19 cases in NSW, as EU criticises China over tweet - as it happened
Former Dfat head says China-Australia relations ‘going to bounce along the bottom’; Victorian mask rules likely to ease. This blog is now closed

Naaman Zhou (now), with Mostafa Rachwani and Matilda Boseley (earlier)

04, Dec, 2020 @7:43 AM

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PM and treasurer bill taxpayers for private jet to Lachlan Murdoch's Christmas party
Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg flew from Canberra to Sydney and back overnight to attend the media heir’s soiree at a cost of almost $5,000

William Summers and Christopher Knaus

03, Dec, 2020 @4:30 PM

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Failing the pub test: how can Australian voters call time on MPs' expense claims?
Trust in politicians is plunging and integrity reform is slow – but a simple fix could save taxpayers from forking out for questionable claims• The questionable use of taxpayer-funded travel expenses by politicians

Christopher Knaus and William Summers

19, Jun, 2020 @8:00 PM

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Eric Abetz billed taxpayers to attend gala mining industry event
Exclusive: Tasmanian senator says his attendance at the dinner, which was headlined by John Howard, was in the interests of his electorate

William Summers and Christopher Knaus

18, Jun, 2020 @5:30 PM

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Chris Bowen billed taxpayers for whirlwind trip to Labor fundraiser
Exclusive: The shadow minister spent four hours in Adelaide, where he was guest of honour at a two-hour event, but says he was in town for parliamentary business

William Summers and Christopher Knaus

17, Jun, 2020 @5:30 PM

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Pauline Hanson charged taxpayers for three-day Perth fundraising spree
Exclusive: the One Nation leader held a ‘fish and chip’ fundraiser, which attracted the support of far-right extremist group the Proud Boys

William Summers and Christopher Knaus

16, Jun, 2020 @5:30 PM

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Michael McCormack and wife billed taxpayers for Melbourne Cup flights
Exclusive: Deputy prime minister justified trip by reannouncing an old election promise, to the outrage of local councillors

Christopher Knaus and William Summers

15, Jun, 2020 @5:30 PM

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