News

How a Qld MP spent $34,000 on 'rejuvenating democracy'

Maranoa MP Bruce Scott.
Maranoa MP Bruce Scott. Tom Gillespie

IT COST taxpayers $34,000 for former Maranoa MP Bruce Scott to discuss "rejuvenating democracy" and explain to global governments how Australia plans to encourage the next generation of politics, it can be revealed.

As the fall-out from sidelined federal front bencher Sussan Ley continues around her reported impulse property buy on the Gold Coast, a review of the region's now-retired federal politicians shows large sums of cash were splashed on various trips.

Mr Scott charged almost $250,000 in expenses to taxpayers for the six months to June 30, 2016, including more than $42,000 in chartered flights around the Maranoa electorate and $50,000 in office expenses.

When Mr Scott in March last year travelled to Lusaka, Zambia for the 134th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, taxpayers were hit with a $33,960 bill, of which $32,750 was for flights.

"During the assembly, I participated in the general debate on the topic of rejuvenating democracy and used this opportunity to explain the measures that the parliament and other organisations, such as the Australian Electoral Commission, are undertaking to ensure that the next generation of Australians is ready to participate in our democratic processes," Mr Scott said in his delegation report tabled in parliament.

Under the current expenditure rules, payments for overseas travel can include anything in official capacity and cover fares, transport, accommodation, meals and other expenses including passports and other associated costs.

The sum can also cover costs for accompanying spouses and employees.

The Chronicle found first class flights from Sydney to Lusaka at the same time in 2017 are available (return) from $11,600.

Mr Scott also racked up more than $42,400 in charter flights around the sprawling Maranoa electorate.

Retired member for Groom Ian Macfarlane recorded total expenses of $101,756 for the six months to June 30 last year, with "office facilities" the highest figure on the balance sheet.

Mr Macfarlane claimed $21,151 in domestic airfares, and no overseas or charter flight expenses.

The majority of the "office consumables and services" total of $6702 was spent on flags which cost more than $5200.

Mr Scott announced his intention to retire from Federal politics in August 2015, closing off a 25-year run in public office.

He was succeeded by David Littleproud at the 2016 federal election.

Mr Macfarlane likewise retired last year, succeeded by former Toowoomba South MP John McVeigh.

Neither Mr Littleproud nor Mr McVeigh's parliamentary expenses have been released.

Topics:  bruce scott editors picks groom ian macfarlane maranoa parliamentary expenses sussan ley toowoomba


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Further 47,000ha under contamination investigation

This map provides information about the Hopeland and surrounding region excavation caution zone and investigation area.

Excavation Caution area now extends south of Hopeland

PHOTO GALLERY: 2017 Melon Fest in photos

Daniel Cloete, Dalby, busts a melon ski as he's towed down the Melon Ski run. 180217

Were you snapped at the 2017 Melon Fest?

MELON FEST: Not just for Chinchilla locals anymore

Melon skiing at the 2017 Chinchilla Melon Festival on Saturday.

Chinchilla's Melon Festival is no longer just about the residents

Local Partners

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

AUSSIE hip hop outfit Bliss N Eso have announced they will play a tribute show for the stuntman killed during the filming of their music video.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Jilted Married At First Sight groom rejected again

Is Married at First Sight groom's second chance over already?

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!