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Minister Bignell must explain his travel costs

Further examination of Minister Bignell’s travel claims have left more questions than answers for South Australian taxpayers.

It’s time for Minister Bignell to explain:


1.    Why does he need to claim for 1 night’s accommodation ($145) in the IBIS Hotel in Grenfell Street when he lives in Adelaide and has access to a car/driver and a cab charge?

2.    Why, if he and his adviser were going to Glasgow to the Commonwealth Games, did they have a weekend stopover in Frankfurt and what Government business was conducted?

3.    Why are there no invoices revealed for the costs of 2 nights’ accommodation in Glasgow in July 2014?

4.    Why are there no invoices revealed for the costs of 3 nights’ accommodation for when the Minister and his Chief of Staff went to Hong Kong in March 2015?


“Struggling South Australian families have a right to know what their money has been spent on by Government Ministers,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas.


“So far, Minister Bignell has inadequately explained these exorbitant expenses.


“It is extraordinarily excessive spending up to $170,000 a year on overseas travel, especially at a time when many families are doing it tough with ever-increasing taxes and when South Australia is experiencing the highest unemployment rate in the nation.


“It’s time for Minister Bignell to front up and answer these questions.

"If he fails to answer these questions, it would appear to South Australians that Minister Bignell has something to hide.”