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Vic doggie ride minister won't resign

AAP logoAAP 28/10/2016

A Victorian minister who used a taxpayer-funded car to chauffeur his dogs to a home he forgot to declare to parliament says he won't resign.

Corrections Minister Steve Herbert was forced to apologise for using his car to chauffeur pooches Patch and Ted more than 120 kilometres between his homes in Parkdale and Trentham while he was at work.

The beleaguered MP also had to update his register of interests to declare ownership of the home in Trentham, his principal place of residence, after questions were raised about it.

"I thought it was on the register of interests. As soon as I found out it wasn't I made sure it was put on there," Mr Herbert told reporters on Friday.

When asked if he would resign, Mr Herbert replied: "No."

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was surprised Mr Herbert still had his job.

"I'm amazed that he's still there but it seems an extraordinary thing to do," he told 3AW.

"We have to remember that these resources that are available to us are for work, not for transporting dogs or anything else."

But Premier Daniel Andrews said while his corrections minister had "stuffed up" he should not have to resign.

"I spoke to him this morning and I've made it clear that he needs to get these affairs in order," Mr Andrews told reporters in Brisbane.

Opposition leader Matthew Guy told reporters there were grounds for Mr Herbert to be referred to the Privileges Committee.

Mr Herbert said the dogs travelled in the car by themselves "a couple of times, from Parkdale to Trentham".

Mr Herbert said he was working with bureaucrats to determine how much petrol money he should pay back to the parliament.

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