News

Sussan Ley resigns from frontbench over $7000 flights

Ms Ley pictured in Rockhampton while she was serving as the federal health minister.
Ms Ley pictured in Rockhampton while she was serving as the federal health minister. Chris Ison ROK270715chealth1

HEALTH minister Sussan Ley has given notice of her intention to resign today following her excessive spending of taxpayer dollars.

It was revealed this week Ms Ley spent almost $7000 on two flights between capital cities and attended a wedding on the Gold Coast and bought an apartment during taxpayer funded trips.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced in a press conference on Friday Ms Ley planned to resign, and he said it was the right decision.

"She has made a judgment that is, I believe, in the interests of the government and she has made an appropriate judgment and I do want to say that I thank her for her service over many years," he said.

Mr Turnbull said he wouldn't go into the scandal any further and just said the minister had made a decision.
"The important thing now is to ensure that for the future Australians are absolutely reassured that parliamentary expenses are - which are work expenses after all - are appropriately spent by parliamentarians," he said.

Ms Ley has decided to resign after it was exposed she was billing taxpayers for expensive flights and to attend personal events.
On Friday Mr Turnbull also announced a new management plan for parliamentarians' work expenses.

He said the government would create an independent body to review the spending of parliamentarians to ensure taxpayer funds are spend appropriately and in compliance with government rules.

Fairfax Media reported on Friday Ms Ley justified her expensive private flights, which she took in 2014 and 2015.

Ms Ley's spokesman claimed she had booked commercial flights but last minute circumstances meant she couldn't board them.

She claims in July 2014, when she was the Assistant Minister for Education, the Productivity Commission made a late decision to launch a report into childcare, preventing her from catching her flight from Canberra to Melbourne.

She had a commitment in Melbourne to open the National Association of Mobile Child Care Services conference and she claims the only way she could get there in time was if she took a $6300 chartered flight.

"In order to ensure both important ministerial commitments were met, the most time-efficient and cost-effective direct form of transport available between the two cities at that time of day was organised within official rules," the spokesman told Fairfax.

In regards to the flight in 2015, which coast almost $7000, Ms Ley claims a late request from the Prime Minister meant she couldn't board her already booked commercial flight from Canberra to Adelaide.

News Corp Australia

Topics:  editors picks malcolm turnbull sussan ley



AFL draw features another dose of cross conference matches

Sawtell/Toormina and the Coffs Breakers will renew their rivalry when they meet in a grand final replay in round three of the AFL North Coast season.

AFL North Coast releases its fixture for the upcoming 2017 season.

What's got the Coffs Coast talking?

NSW Highway Patrol generic - Online only

Advocate Letters to the Editor

Residents call for changes to beach reserves

VOICING OPINIONS: A community meeting for Sandy Beach and Emerald Beach foreshores master plans was well attended.

Northern Beaches residents have a say on local beach reserves.

Local Partners

Child's play at Coffs Harbour Hospital

Reading a book, playing a game or having a chat; it's all in a day's volunteering for these friendly grandmothers


Jackass crew eye off the Big Banana

WILD SHOW: The Jackass crew  a promise a wild Coffs Harbour show.

Iconic Coffs landmark grabs Jackass crew's attention

Make a Jackass of yourself live on stage

Jackass's Jason 'Wee Man' Acuna on stage during the crew's Fillthy Seppo Tour of Ausralia. The mayhem arrives at the Coffs Harbour on February 23.

Jackass team head to Coffs to wreak havoc

Sizzling Bookfest bargains

CHOCKERS: Lester Platts and Chris Ryland, Coffs Harbour South Rotary preparing for Bookfest April 1-8.

80,000 book will hit the Bookfest tables in April

Nadia visits Coast to escape Married At First Sight drama

MARRIED At First Sight contestant Nadia Stamp escaped to the Coast for a girl's weekend to take stock ahead of week of drama.

‘I didn’t stuff it up like you have’: Plibersek on Q&A

“I didn’t stuff it up the way you have stuffed it up, George”: Tanya Plibersek.

Plibersek lashed out at Brandis to plenty of applause

MKR cheating scandal: Alyse and Matt hit back

Matt Jenner shows his MKR rivals the curry paste he and Alyse used.

Alyse and Matt Jenner have hit back at claims they cheated on MKR

MKR rocked by satay sauce cheating scandal

Alyse and Matt slammed for satay sauce fiasco.

'Nasty' Married At First Sight groom ripped apart on TV

Anthony gets torn down during the Married At First Sight commitment ceremony.

MAFS groom Anthony faces the music after fiery dinner party.

Proud Mary in Hotel California

Kings of Country - Take it to the Limit.

MOVIE REVIEW: Matt Damon's The Great Wall gets lost

Matt Damon fails in a scene from the movie The Great Wall.

Did The Great Wall get lost in translation?

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

What would make renting better?

HAVE YOUR SAY: What would make renting better?

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Bidding could start at $1.4M for sought after property

Farrell McCrohon's Jojo Newby rides on a property recently listed at Buccarumbi

One of largest rural properties on market to go under hammer today

An exclusive private retreat

STUNNING: This North Sapphire Beach home is the ultimate in beach-side living.

An exclusive home in an exclusive address

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!