Opposition MP Tony Burke is the latest politician to come under scrutiny for his use of taxpayers money – this time to see pop stars in action.
Burke claimed expenses for a Robbie Williams concert last year, accepted free tickets to a Justin Bieber concert in 2011 and admission to the Byron Bay Blues festival.
Burke said he needed to meet with the promoter of Williams concert, therefore it was considered official political business.
Robbie Williams concert tickets, today, range from $162 to $202.
His Comcar transport to the event cost $90.
The Daily Telegraph revealed the then-environment minister also used taxpayers money to buy his family business-class airfares to Uluru in 2012.
Such a trip can cost up to $6,500 — about four times as much as economy class. The expense was claimed as an entitlement under the family reunion scheme.
Yesterday The Australian reported on the MPs Uluru expenses, which allegedly totalled $12,780.74 but Burke declined to comment as to why he opted for business class over economy.
This morning he released an official statement about his political spending, explaining his declarations were in accordance with the rules.
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Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie is demanding that an audit by the finance department must examine all travel claims by MPs and senators since 2010.
This week Bronwyn Bishop resigned as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, following intense scrutiny over her misuse of taxpayers money.
She flew from Melbourne to Geelong in a helicopter, a trip which takes about one hour by car.
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