Peter Hendy claims over $200,000 in first six months of 2016

Former Member for Eden-Monaro Peter Hendy with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

Former Member for Eden-Monaro Peter Hendy with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

The former Member for Eden-Monaro Peter Hendy claimed over $200,000 of taxpayer-funded entitlements in the first six months of 2016. 

A report released by the Department of Finance outlines the expenditure paid to the former politician for the period of January 1 to June 30 last year, as well as some earlier claims. 

Dr Hendy, who at the time was based in Queanbeyan, was given $6200 for 15 nights as travelling allowance, as politicians are allowed to claim overnight stays in locations other than their home base.

This included three nights in Bega at $370 each. 

He spent $10,200 on domestic flights, flying from Canberra to Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide on different occasions, as well as a return trip to Perth via Sydney in April, which cost close to $3300. 

When it came to car costs, he spent $7700 on fuel and leasing a private-plated vehicle, while also spending almost $2000 on COMCAR payments. 

The total sum of payments was $206,000 and this number does include office administrative costs and telecommunications usage, such as $14,500 for 60,000 printed items over two days in April.  

Also, according to the report Dr Hendy appears to fan of the local media, as between January 4 and February 7 last year he spent $36.36 on copies of the Bega District News, Merimbula News Weekly, Eden Magnet and Bombala Times. 

But he was not given any payments for overseas travel or family travel costs. 

Dr Hendy said all expenditures were appropriate and within entitlement.

“You will recall that I was an Assistant Minister in the later part of the last Parliament and that helps explain a lot of the expenditures.

“My recollection is that travel outside the electorate was related to my ministerial duties which included my position of Assistant Cabinet Secretary,” he said.  

He said in that position he had to attend Cabinet meetings, such as one that required him travel to Perth. 

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