Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd.
Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd.

Here's what Flynn MP spent over $200,000 on

LOCAL federal MP Ken O'Dowd spent $218,598 on domestic air travel, office administrative costs and buying The Observer, The Expenditure on Entitlements report has revealed.

But the spend by the Member for Flynn was well below that of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose expenses included $157,000 in overseas flights, $15,000 on domestic flights, $14,000 on flights for his family and $208,000 in office administration.

The report, which covers the six-month period from July 1 to December 31 last year, showed Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss charged taxpayers $193, 969 for office administrative costs and $13,459 for travel for his family.

A spokesman for Mr O'Dowd said MPs were provided with a range of entitlements, including accommodation and office facilities, travel and staff under various legislative heads of authority.

"These entitlements are provided to all Senators and Members to facilitate the conduct of their duties and responsibilities as elected representatives of the Australian public," the spokesman said.

The report showed Mr O'Dowd had a subscription to The Observer.

"The majority of these costs are incurred in dealing with constituent matters, supporting initiatives that benefit the local community and resolving issues related to Commonwealth programs and services," the spokesman said.

"MP O'Dowd works hard to represent his constituents and look after their interests.

"In doing so, he has to travel extensively around the vast electorate of Flynn, which is approximately twice the size of Tasmania, not only to meet constituents, but to attend community forums, official meetings and events."

Mr O'Dowd's entitlements are limited under various categories and include hiring charter aircraft and other vehicles for travel within and for the service of the electorate, and scheduled commercial transport for the most reasonable and usual route.

AT A GLANCE

Ken O'Dowd's expenses:

  • Office administrative costs: $187,027.5
  • Domestic fares: $12,374.03
  • Car costs: $19,197.52


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