Capricornia MP a frugal politician for Central Queensland

CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry has put her money where her mouth is, spending around $20,000 less than her fellow local MPs each month, on average.

On Thursday night the Department of Finance released its six-monthly expenditure report, recording every cent Federal politicians have spent between July 1 to December 31, 2013.

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry has spent $22,465.25 in travel and accommodation and $49,423.82 on office facilities, fit outs, administration and phones.

Overall she's spent $78,624.74 since officially being declared the new MP on September 27.

Ken O'Dowd spent the most in total out of the local electorates at $268,809.30, but didn't come close to matching the top spender, Kevin Rudd, who cost taxpayers $484,510.16 in the last six months.

To keep his office running, Mr O'Dowd spent $216,092.46 on phones, office facilities and administration.

He also spent a total of $52,268.37 on travel and accommodation.

Mr Christensen spent $43,292.96 on travel and accommodation and $197,800.45 for his office.

Kirsten Livermore racked up a bill of $68,636.07 in just over a month before she retired on August 6 last year.

That's more than she spent in the six month period before July 1, 2013.

Further expenses

Ken O'Dowd has 105,000 personalised letterhead stationery, which cost $5989.

George Christensen purchased a copy of Give Us Back Our Country, a book on keeping politicians accountable.

Ken O'Dowd also bought 127 copies of The Morning Bulletin, slightly less than Dawson MP George Christensen.

Local MPs spending a combined total of $12,432.01 on flags.

Topics:  ken o'dowd michelle landry

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