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Vic minister dogged by errors in judgement

AAP logoAAP 27/10/2016 Melissa Meehan and Angus Livingston

A Victorian MP under fire for chauffeuring his dogs around in a taxpayer-funded car also failed to declare he owns the house they were driven to.

Corrections Minister Steve Herbert blamed his "tough job" for his error in judgement that saw his dogs Patch and Ted driven more than 120 kilometres between his homes in Parkdale and Trentham while he was at work.

Late on Thursday night, Mr Herbert confirmed he had updated his register of interests to include the house in Trentham.

"I own a block of land and a house in Trentham, which is my principal place of residence," he said in a statement to AAP.

"Living in my electorate is important to me."

On the most recent register of interest, tabled two weeks ago, Mr Herbert declared a block of land in Trentham, but not a house.

He also declared an investment property in East Melbourne, 50 per cent ownership of a house in Parkdale and 69 acres (27.9 hectares) in Yinnar South.

Mr Herbert, who is paid at least $280,000 a year, says he has now made other "domestic arrangements" for the care of Patch and Ted.

He did not give details.

Opposition leader Matthew Guy argued earlier on Thursday that Mr Herbert's apology wasn't good enough.

"This minister should go. This minister has been caught out rorting the system," Mr Guy told reporters.

Mr Herbert insisted there had been no rorting and he was happy to repay the cost of the petrol used to ferry the pooches from Parkdale to Trentham.

Mr Andrews later backed Mr Herbert during a rowdy Question Time, rejecting calls for him to be sacked.

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