In last week’s MP and senator expenses info dump, Queensland MP Bob Katter was reported as one of the biggest spenders, especially when it came to use of Comcars. Katter’s electorate of Kennedy is two and a half times the size of Victoria, meaning that Katter has a lot more ground to cover than your standard suburban MP — his charter flights clocked in at $34,392.46. While the greater distance accounts for much of the cost, a tipster shared a story with Crikey of Katter holding a press conference with local journos — while the waiting taxi had its meter running. And while Katter is known for the soundbite, he’s not one for a quick grab.
Katter racks up quite a bill
The Queensland MP has more ground to cover than his colleagues, but his travel expenses aren't just distance-related.