George Christensen refers travel costs for revision of flights to Philippines

Coalition MP uses tax money to catch flights from Canberra to Sydney so that he could make a connecting flight to the Philippines to visit his fiancé

  • George Christensen referred travel expenses for review after flight test
  • Queensland Nationals MP used money to fly to Philippines where he has a fiancé
  • Mr. Christensen said that he & # 39; absolutely convinced & # 39; was that his journeys were within the rules
  • Mr Christensen has not disputed how much time he has spent in the country

George Christensen referred his travel allowances after revelations that he charged taxpayers more than $ 3000 for connecting flights to the Philippines.

The MP from Queensland Nationals used the money to pay for flights between Canberra and other capitals to connect with the Philippines, where he has a fiancé.

The MP is & # 39; absolutely convinced & # 39; that his journey fell within the rules.

& # 39; But to dispel any doubts, I will present the matter today to the Independent Expense Authority, & # 39; he said in a statement on Wednesday.

Mr. Christensen said earlier that he was visiting the Philippines to visit his fiancé and do church work.

George Christensen (pictured, with his fiancé) referred his travel expenses for review after revelations that he charged taxpayers more than $ 3000 for connecting flights to the Philippines

George Christensen (pictured, with his fiancé) referred his travel expenses for review after revelations that he charged taxpayers more than $ 3000 for connecting flights to the Philippines

The MP is & # 39; absolutely convinced & # 39; that his journey fell within the rules

The MP is & # 39; absolutely convinced & # 39; that his journey fell within the rules

The MP is & # 39; absolutely convinced & # 39; that his journey fell within the rules

The Queenslander spent 294 days in the Philippines between 2014 and 2018.

Taxpayers were charged $ 3,069.45 for three flights between Canberra and Brisbane and one flight between Canberra and Sydney.

Around the time of his travels to the Philippines, Mr. Christensen tweeted his aversion to politicians who used tax money to finance their vacation.

& # 39; All of these MPs invoice family holidays for taxpayers & # 39 ;, he tweeted in January 2017.

& # 39; Maybe family of ax MP travel or limit to Canberra. What other job offers this advantage? & # 39;

Labor & # 39; s election campaign spokesman Jim Chalmers says it's time for the prime minister to weigh in.

& # 39; It has been a long time since Scott Morrison had an opinion on this, & # 39; Chalmers told journalists in Canberra.

& # 39; He must tell the Australian people if he thinks it's appropriate. Jetset George has spent thousands of dollars in tax payments for private travel. & # 39;

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he will not comment on this issue when he goes to Tasmania today.

& # 39; George referred himself to the independent parliamentary expense allowance and I am sure that when that report arrives, George will comply, & # 39; he said.

But Prime Minister Mathias Cormann has defended Mr Christensen's journey as being within the rules.

& # 39; My advice is that all journeys undertaken by George Christensen fall within the relevant rules for labor cost schemes & # 39 ;, he told Sky News.

& # 39; Ultimately, it is a matter for each individual member of parliament to explain what they have done and why. & # 39;

Mr Christensen's partner lives in the Philippines and he has not disputed how much time he has spent in the country.

He has his seat in Dawson in Queensland with a fictional margin of 3.4 percent.

Around the time of his travels to the Philippines, Mr. Christensen tweeted his aversion to politicians who used tax money to finance their vacation

Around the time of his travels to the Philippines, Mr. Christensen tweeted his aversion to politicians who used tax money to finance their vacation

Around the time of his travels to the Philippines, Mr. Christensen tweeted his aversion to politicians who used tax money to finance their vacation

Queensland Nationals MP used the money to pay for flights between Canberra and other capitals to connect with the Philippines, where he has a fiancé

Queensland Nationals MP used the money to pay for flights between Canberra and other capitals to connect with the Philippines, where he has a fiancé

Queensland Nationals MP used the money to pay for flights between Canberra and other capitals to connect with the Philippines, where he has a fiancé

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