South Australian Liberal senator Lucy Gichuhi billed taxpayers more than $4500 to fly six family travellers to Canberra during the week she was sworn into Federal Parliament.
Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi is calling for a transparency portal for all government expenditure.
The Advertiser reports, according to parliamentary records, Senator Gichuhi claimed three return flights from Adelaide, two from Darwin and a one-way flight from Sydney taken during the second week of May last year.
The Liberal recruit has been under pressure to explain her use of taxpayer-funded expenses after it was revealed she charged taxpayers more than $2000 to fly two family members to Adelaide in October last year for her birthday.
The Daily Mail reports today that the scandal-hit Senator was taken to court a staggering seven times for failing to pay nearly $10,000 in council rates and water bills - and she's still working off the debt despite earning $200,000 a year
Senator Bernardi has told David Bevan on ABC Radio Adelaide the senator’s actions are beyond the pale.
To read Sheradyn Holderhead’s full article in The Advertiser, click here.