Latest Ministerial and Parliamentary Support disclosure for Tasmanian government released

The Tasmanian government spent more than $80,000 on travel in six months, new data has revealed.

The government released its Ministerial and Parliamentary Support disclosure for October on Sunday, revealing many of its expenses from between March to September 2016. 

In total, the government ministers spent $80,124.39 on intrastate, interstate and international travel expenses in the six months.

These expenses included accommodation, meals and airfares. 

Premier Will Hodgman was the biggest spender on travel in the six-month period, spending more than $16,000 on travel expenses, including $8972.73 in international airfares. 

He also spent $3817.85 on entertainment expenses in the same period. 

Ministers based in the North and the North-West of the state had higher travel expenses overall as they were required to travel to Hobart for parliamentary settings. 

Mr Hodgman’s chief of staff and deputy chief of staff both earned the top dollar, with a salary reported as being between $233,346 and $270,000.

Overall, ministerial and electorate office staff numbers went up when compared to the previous report, released in April, from 80.8 full-time equivalent positions to 89.5 in the latest report. 

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff’s chief of staff spent the highest total amount on Tasmanian Government Card expenses, $7419.34. 

Ten ministerial drivers were employed in Hobart. 

Parliamentary Secretary Sarah Courtney said that the government was commitment to openness and transparency. 

“The Hodgman government has reduced spending and is reinvesting the savings where they belong - in frontline services for the community,” Ms Courtney said. 

“Other transparency reforms include publishing most [right to information] responses online, and reforming the register of gifts.” 

The next scheduled release of Ministerial and Parliamentary Support information is set to be in April next year.