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Ley expenses scandal widens

AAP logoAAP 9/01/2017 Belinda Merhab

Sussan Ley is refusing to comment on fresh allegations her impulse Gold Coast purchase wasn't the first time she'd gone apartment shopping on taxpayer-funded trips.

The Herald Sun reports Ms Ley made an unsuccessful bid on a Gold Coast property in 2014.

The property's owners, Adrienne and Stewart McEachran, claim Ms Ley and her partner inspected the home on September 8 before making an offer, which was declined in October.

Government documents show Ms Ley spent more than $1000 on flights to and from Coolangatta between September 5 and September 8.

She claimed car costs of $271 and a travel allowance of $720 for two nights during that time but it's unclear what official business she conducted on the trip.

A spokesman for Ms Ley said it would be "quite improper" to comment on the latest allegations.

"It's actually out of her hands," he told AAP.

"All of her expenses and travel to the Gold Coast are being looked at independently and we'll await the finding."

Ms Ley stood aside as health minister on Monday after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ordered an investigation into her travel claims by the head of his department.

She insists she's broken no rules.

It follows revelations she bought a $795,000 apartment from a Liberal National Party donor during a taxpayer-funded trip to the Gold Coast.

She is also accused of billing taxpayers to attend New Year's Eve celebrations on the Gold Coast in 2013 and 2014 hosted by businesswoman and Liberal Party donor Sarina Russo, who's won multimillion-dollar contracts from the federal government.

Labor insists Ms Ley should be sacked.

Opposition frontbencher Linda Burney said Ms Ley had fed into the view of many Australians that politicians were in it for themselves.

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