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It Isn’t Only Britains Politicians Who Rort Their Epenses

It isn’t only Britain’s politicians who are rorting their expenses. It seems Australia’s politicians are up to it as well. Particularly in Queensland.
But this isn’t the great scandal that it has become in Britain, far from it they are allowed to spend their expenses allowance on private expenses.
Now, this is not what their expenses allowance is meant to be for. It is meant to cover the expenses in supporting their own electorates. Things like supporting local events, fundraising, and other such expenses. However, politicians in safe seats would seem to think that they don’t need to use these funds in a way to benefit their electorate and gain the favour of their constituents.
One Queensland politician Whitsunday MP Jan Jarratt, who is also Parliamentary Secretary for Employment and Economic Development, has used this money for personal expenses. Ms Jarratt’s statements indicate she has transferred amounts of between $1000 and $3000 to her husband and gave her son amounts between $200 and $500.
She has also used this money to pay her credit card bill as well as $2800 in council rates for her Cannonvale home and $1160 council rates for her Townsville investment property.
The Queensland Parliamentary rules state “An allowance is paid to each Member. It is to be expended at the total discretion of the Member” and the expenses are taxed, but this does not excuse politicians from spending these allowances in an appropriate way and in the manner in which they were intended to be used. After all, even though they are given the total discretion these funds are meant to benefit their electorate not their financial situation and their families.
A spokesman for Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said there was nothing new about MPs spending allowances how they liked. “This has been the case for many years.”
However, Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek said he hoped MPs were spending their allowances wisely.
“The allowance system in Queensland is meant to be used by members judiciously in the servicing of their electorates,” he said.