Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young at her home in Adelaide. Picture: Kelly Barnes/The Australian
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young at her home in Adelaide. Picture: Kelly Barnes/The Australian

Senator took 129 days to pay back $1234.90

POLITICIANS' entitlements are back in the spotlight after reports Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald took more than 100 days to reimburse taxpayers for expenses he was not entitled to.

Mr Macdonald reportedly took at least 233 days to repay a debt of $1374.22.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young took 129 days to pay back $1234.90 for a hire car claim that didn't meet the rules around entitlements,The Australian reports.

Other MPs who also reportedly took more than 100 days to reimburse taxpayers for debts incurred over entitlement claims, included Liberal MP Craig Kelly and Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher.

Senator Hanson-Young has previously been in the spotlight for failing to pay back substantial debts on time.

Sarah Hanson-Young at Canberra airport for the last week of Parliament of 2017. Picture: Gary Ramage
Sarah Hanson-Young at Canberra airport for the last week of Parliament of 2017. Picture: Gary Ramage

In 2015, she was took a year to repay $15,186.34 of overspending on staff travel.

The following year it took her 355 days to repay $20,460.76, which was also incurred for staff travel overspending.

The senator did not respond to the publication's request for comment but a spokesman for Greens leader Richard Di ­Natale toldThe Australian he had full confidence in Senator Hanson-Young continuing as finance spokeswoman.

Mr Kelly took 151 days to repay $382 and Mr Fletcher failed to repay a debt of just $10.93 for at least 130 days.

Meanwhile, Fairfax Media reports Labor MP Michael Danby charged taxpayers for three trips to Queensland with his wife that he conducted no parliamentary business on.

Senator Ian Macdonald was among the government MPs who took more than 100 days to repay a debt. Picture: Gary Ramage
Senator Ian Macdonald was among the government MPs who took more than 100 days to repay a debt. Picture: Gary Ramage

The bill for those trips was reportedly almost $7500.

Mr Danby told the publication he had repaid the funds for those trips last year after auditing his own expenses.

New rules around entitlements and a new authority to monitor claims, the independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority, were established last year after an expense claims scandal centring on Liberal MP Sussan Ley's travel to the Gold Coast.



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