LNP member for Dawson George Christensen.
LNP member for Dawson George Christensen. MICK TSIKAS

How much Christensen spent on election communications

DAWSON MP George Christensen spent three quarters of his entire 2016 printing and communications bill during the six-week 2016 federal election campaign.

Mr Christensen claimed $52,803 during the campaign to communicate with voters.

He claimed $17,597 in printing and communications for the rest of 2016.

There is no suggestion the claims are outside the entitlement rules. There are no rules against parliamentarians using the printing and communications entitlement during election campaigns.

But experts have called for restrictions to be placed to stop politicians using taxpayer money to advertise themselves to voters, an advantage challengers do not have.

Mr Christensen declined to answer questions NewsRegional asked about his spending during the campaign and if the process should be changed.

A spokeswoman for Mr Christensen said "the purpose of the printing and communications allowance is to enable MPs to communicate with their electorates. George has nothing more to add."

Two Queensland parliamentarians who lost their seats did not spend a cent on printing or communications outside the election campaign.

Former senator Glenn Lazarus and former LNP MP Wyatt Roy only used the allowance during the six-week campaign period, with Mr Lazarus claiming almost $100,000 in that period.

Mr Roy spent about $23,000 during the campaign and none before the election was called. -NewsRegional

News Corp Australia


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