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Slipper still flying high

DESPITE being embroiled in controversy, former Speaker Peter Slipper found the time to rack up a hefty overseas travel bill for the first six months of this year.

Between March and April, when he was still Speaker, Mr Slipper spent $97,000 visiting South Africa, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Russia, Kazakhstan, Hungary and the USA.

His domestic travel bill, including accommodation, flights and car costs, came in at a tick over $64,000 from January to June.

It comprised more than $28,000 on domestic air travel, almost $18,000 on accommodation, $3155 on Comcars, and $8772 on 51 taxi fares. The balance related to expenses before January 1.

The MP for Fisher, who quit in disgrace as Speaker in October after less than a year in the job, was paid $296,214 in entitlements for the first six months of 2012.

A report on parliamentary entitlements for the first six months of 2012 was tabled on Thursday night before parliament rose for the year.

It showed our federal politicians racked up more than $101 million in expenses in the past financial year - more than $54.7 million for the last six months of 2011 and more than $47 million in the first six months of 2012.

Queensland Senator and Senate President John Hogg's entitlements came to $228,153 for the past six months.

Bob Carr, Mr Rudd's successor as foreign minister, spent more than $245,000 between March and June as he visited 17 countries.

Other frequent flyers included Trade Minister Craig Emerson ($345,045) and Defence Minister Stephen Smith ($223,288).

Prime Minister Julia Gillard claimed $517,379 for overseas travel, $190,000 of which was taken in 2011.

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Topics:  entitlements, peter slipper, travel expenses


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