$143k of travel in less than five months in Premier's office

Labor Cabinet and staff have spent $453,000 in domestic and international travel since February.
Labor Cabinet and staff have spent $453,000 in domestic and international travel since February. Inga Williams

PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has slugged taxpayers more than $143,000 for domestic and international travel for herself and her staff in her first four-and-a-half months in office.

Ms Palaszczuk's Cabinet ministers and their respective staff have also billed taxpayers more than $453,000 in domestic and international travel since February 14.

This figure does not include private car travel that is afforded each minister or in the case of Curtis Pitt ($23,121) and Coralee O'Rourke ($26,014) travel to-and-from their respective electorates.

The Ministerial Expenses Report, released on Monday, revealed former premier Campbell Newman billed taxpayers $114,107 for domestic and international travel over a seven-month period from July 1 last year to February 14 this year.

Newly-installed Speaker Peter Wellington spent a measly $717.47 on travel over the same period compared with his parliamentary colleagues.

Former speaker Fiona Simpson billed taxpayers $20,472 in travel to-and-from her Sunshine Coast electorate, but did not take advantage of a full-time chauffer driver which came with her office.

Former deputy-premier Jeff Seeney billed taxpayers $125,092 for charter flights to-and-from his Callide electorate, but no commercial flights operate to the region.


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