Slipper clocks up $20k for travel

Peter Slipper.
Peter Slipper.

IN an extraordinary five weeks after federal parliament rose for its winter recess in 2010, Coast MP Peter Slipper clocked up more than $20,000 in airfares, taxis and Commonwealth car use.

The expenditure flowed during a month that saw parliament dissolved and an election called and while he was under criticism for his spending during the winter recess a year before.

On Saturday it was revealed the LNP Member for Fisher (pictured) had managed to outspend Federal ministers of the Gillard Government and senior members of his own party, landing taxpayers with a bill for $318,267.30 for the second half of 2010.

Figures show Mr Slipper billed taxpayers for $11,098.37 in airfares from June 26 to July 27, 2010.

And from June 25 to August 4 he ran up a further $10,388.64 in taxis, $1004.71 for use of Commonwealth cars and a $348.72 hire car bill from July 1-3, a period in which he also incurred $150.91 in taxi charges.

In just two days on July 27-28, his taxi charges topped $2000.

On July 14, a day when his cab charges reached $666, he also billed $94.29 for car hire.

The spending exceeds the 2009 winter recess that first brought his excesses to public attention.

Mr Slipper flew from Brisbane to Canberra on June 26 for a political party meeting, staying the night at a cost of more than $200 to taxpayers and returned via Sydney to Brisbane the next day.

On June 29 he flew from Brisbane to Sydney and on to Perth, staying there until July 4 when he returned to Brisbane again via Sydney.

On July 6 he flew Brisbane to Sydney and on to Dubbo before going to Canberra the next day, via Sydney. On July 8 he left Canberra for Brisbane via Sydney before returning to the national capital again on July 10 and again through Sydney.

On July 12 he flew from Canberra to Sydney and then to Brisbane. He left the state capital again on July 14 for Mackay before flying on to Townsville before returning to Brisbane the same day.

The next day, July 15, he was off to Canberra, again via Sydney, staying the night before again routing through the NSW capital to reach Brisbane on July 16.

On July 26, with parliament dissolved before the election, he went again to Canberra, this time direct, before flying back the next day.

The schedule was supported by the heavy use of taxis. He ran up bills of $423.81 (June 25); $400.91 (June 26); $496.47 (June 27); $438 (June 29); $76.18 (June 30); $40.36 (July 1) and $110.55 (July 3) before really getting up a head of steam.

On July 4 cab charges came to $484.67; $676.09 (July 5); $322.91 (July 6); $57.51 (July 7); $333 (July 8); $655.92 (July 10); $378.90 (July 11); $783.06 (July 12); $666 (July 14) a day he also incurred a $94.29 hire care fee; $494.82 (July 15); $204.20 (July 16); $357.42 (July 17); $333 (July 26); $1241.18 (July 27); $847.64 (July 30) and $565.09 on August 4.

The federal MP has repeated claims he is the subject of a vendetta by the Sunshine Coast Daily.

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