Defense Secretary Linda Reynolds called on taxpayers to attend mid-life crisis conference with spouse
EXCLUSIVE: How Australian Defense Secretary charged $ 5,500 for attending Medicare’s Mid-Life Crisis conference and cocktail party organized by her HUSBAND
- Defense Secretary Linda Reynolds flew to a mid-life crisis forum to see her husband
- Taxpayers received $ 1,268 for return flights, driver to Brisbane in 2015
- Public wallet financed another $ 4,242 for senator and her husband to Broome
- Both weekend trips cost Australians $ 5,510 to cover air fares and accommodation
- The minister’s spokeswoman said she was invited to the AMA conference as a senator
- She also defended Broome’s journey to an NAIDOC ball and said it was “within guidelines.”
The Australian Secretary of Defense called in $ 5,500 for taxpayers so that she could attend a Medicare mid-life crisis weekend organized by her husband – and go to a ball.
As a new liberal senator for Western Australia, Linda Reynolds claimed $ 1,268 at the public fair in May 2015 so that she could fly back from Canberra to Brisbane for a cocktail party event from the Australian Medical Association.
Her husband Robert Reid was AMA’s communications director, a role he has been playing since 2011.
Senator Reynolds, who had just turned 50, attended the AMA National Conference entitled “Medicare: Midlife Crisis?”
Australian Defense Secretary Linda Reynolds (left) claimed $ 5,510 for taxpayers to attend a weekend mid-life crisis conference with her husband Robert Reid (right), who is a spokesperson for the Australian Medical Association
Full response from the minister of her spokeswoman
Senator Reynolds was officially invited by the Australian Medical Association to participate in and participate in the AMA National Conference in Brisbane on May 29, 2015 to May 30, 2015, both as a senator for Western Australia, and as a member of both Senate Community Affairs Committees.
Senator Reynolds traveled from Perth to Broome on July 3, 2015 and returned to Perth on July 5, 2015. The Senator and her partner were officially invited to attend the NAIDOC ball. She also participated in meetings and events of community stakeholders.
This trip was in the parliamentary and electorate guidelines.
The forum was equipped with a cocktail reception and gala dinner and took place from 29 to 31 May, between two session weeks of the federal parliament.
Archived records of the Department of Finance exclusively obtained by Daily Mail Australia show taxpayers $ 363.43 to fly Friday from Canberra to Brisbane and another $ 695.56 to return to Canberra on Sunday.
On those days, Senator Reynolds also claimed the cost of Comcar transportation to and from the airport in both cities, which amounted to $ 209.
The West Australian Liberal ran a $ 1,268 bill, even though Brisbane is not in its voters.
Nevertheless, a spokeswoman for Senator Reynolds said the AMA “officially invited” her to her national conference in May 2015 “both in her capacity as a senator for Western Australia and as a member of both committees of the Senate community.”
Just two months later, in July 2015, Senator Reynolds charged the taxpayer another $ 4,242 to travel 2,200 km from her voter office in Perth to Broome, a luxury resort in Western Australia.
As a new liberal senator for Western Australia, Linda Reynolds claimed $ 1,268 at the public fair in May 2015 so that she could fly back from Canberra to Brisbane for a cocktail party event from the Australian Medical Association. She is depicted with Prime Minister Scott Morrison in January 2019
While their visit coincided with the weekend races of the city, Senator Reynolds’ spokeswoman said she was there to attend an NAIDOC weekly ball organized by the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.
“The senator and her partner were officially invited to attend the NAIDOC ball,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
“She also participated in meetings and events of stakeholder communities.
“This trip was parliamentary and electoral matters within the guidelines.”
Broome, who is in Western Australia, is considered a senator for that state as part of Mrs. Reynolds’ electorate.
The weekend package included $ 1,576 return flights for her and another $ 1,576 for her husband.
Partners of federal MPs are entitled to nine business class flights or three family reunification trips per year.
In July 2015, Senator Reynolds allocated another $ 4,242 to the taxpayer to travel 2,200 km from her electoral office in Perth to Broome (photo Cable Beach)
Taxpayers spent another $ 208 on car rental costs in Broome from 3 to 5 July and another $ 118.60 to get the senator to and from Perth airport on those days.
The trip was classified as an electorate, and Senator Reynolds also claimed $ 764 in travel expenses to cover accommodation and food.
Senator Reynolds weekend trips to Brisbane and Broome earned $ 5,510.
The former Brigadier General of the Australian Army became Minister of Defense in May of last year after Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s coalition government won a third consecutive tenure.