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Finance Minister's wanton spending on electoral offices.



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Media Release BOB McMULLAN MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR FINANCE SHADOW MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS FEDERAL MEMBER FOR FRASER

7 October 2004

FINANCE MINISTER’S WANTON SPENDING ON ELECTORAL OFFICES

Finance Minister Senator Nick Minchin has spent just under half a million dollars over the past eight years shifting his office around the marginal seats of South Australia to shore up support for sitting Liberal Members.

A Finance Minister’s job is to stop wasteful spending.

Senator Minchin’s politically motivated office relocations underline the Howard Government’s complete disregard for prudent management of the taxpayers’ dollars.

• In May 1994 Senator Minchin shifted office for the first time, to the marginal seat of Makin. At the 1996 election Trish Draper won the seat.

• In 1998 The Australian newspaper said of Senator Minchin “He's thinking of moving his Electorate Office to Chris Gallus's marginal seat, Hindmarsh, now that he's helped Draper back.” And he did.

• On the 19 May 2004 Minchin moved his Electorate Office again to the Marginal Seat of Adelaide and decided to combine his Ministerial and Electorate Office at the same time.

Every time an office moves there are relocation, refurbishment and equipment costs.

A conservative estimate of Senator Minchin’s wanton waste of taxpayers’ money in the drive to help out marginal Liberal candidates is around $425,000 over the eight years. Instead he could just have stayed put and saved money.

If a Finance Minister personally wastes taxpayers’ money on this sort of electoral driven nonsense, he is not fit to run the country’s purse strings.

Contact: Steve Blume 02 6277 4803 or 0438 271 749