O’Dwyer: ‘We’ll fix entitlements by June’

Jarrod Sierocki

Sussan Ley has stepped aside as health minister following revelations of taxpayer-funded trips to Qld.

Senator Nick Xenophon is leading a push for an overhaul of the rules around federal politicians’ expense claims. Picture: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

THE Turnbull government will tighten up politicians’ expense entitlements in the first half of this year, including how official business is defined.

It follows of days of sidelined frontbencher Sussan Ley facing scrutiny over her use of taxpayer-funded travel entitlments.

Acting Special Minister of State Kelly O’Dwyer said the “parliamentary expense system needs to change” and said the government was following through on its in-principle acceptance of the recommendations of an independent review of the system.

She said the changes would be made in the first half of the year, saying there was a need to “streamline the current system”.

“A clear definition of what official business is is obviously at the centre of the changes that …

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