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Ex-Qld MPs' travel costs taxpayers $300k

AAP logoAAP 29/09/2016 Melissa Grant

Taxpayers forked out $300,000 in travel perks for former Queensland MPs last financial year.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's father Henry, a former state minister, racked up one of the biggest travel bills, spending $8779. Only former Labor MP Jon Sullivan spent more, with a bill of $9669.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt's father Warren was also a big spender, with travel costs of $5554.

Former premiers Campbell Newman, Anna Bligh and Peter Beattie were among those who didn't claim any travel entitlements.

A report tabled in parliament shows former MPs' travel benefits cost taxpayers a total of $295,820, excluding GST, during 2015/16.

Former state MPs who served three terms in parliament are entitled to one free return flight for themselves and their partner anywhere in Australia, Papua New Guinea or New Zealand each year, provided the flight departs from Queensland.

The ex-MPs can also qualify for a Queensland Rail Gold Pass, which gives them free travel, and are entitled to four return interstate rail trips per year.

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