Liberal candidate for Bennelong John Alexander has allegedly failed to declare rental income on his $4.8 million luxury property in the NSW Southern Highlands.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Alexander has only declared the purchase of the property that he bought in June, not the thousands of dollars made from renting out the eight-bedroom property.
Doing so fails to meet the requirements of Parliament’s register of member’s interests which states members of parliament must declare “any other substantial sources of income”.
The estate is currently listed for rent on Stayz for $1,584 per night, and has numerous bookings over the next three months. See it here.
A spokesman for Alexander told the SMH: “John Alexander declared the purchase of a property, to be operated as a business, in a timely manner and in line with the advice from the Clerk [of the House]”.
In November, Alexander resigned from Parliament because he is a dual citizen.
His departure forced a by-election for his Sydney seat of Bennelong, which is being held this Saturday.
The news, just days out from the crucial vote, may hurt Alexander’s chances in the tight race between him and Labor candidate Kristina Keneally.
The SMH has more here.
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