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Premier spends $12,000 to attend NSW Labor Party fundraiser

Mark McGowan took a day off Parliament and billed Western Australian taxpayers more than $12,000 to attend a political fundraiser in Sydney last November.

Shadow Minister for Government Accountability Tjorn Sibma said the Premier had since tried to pass the trip off as Government business.

Mr Sibma said that when asked about his travel in a parliamentary question, the Premier claimed the “primary purpose” of his visit was to meet with the NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance, to talk about major infrastructure projects.

“It has since emerged that the Premier’s meeting with the NSW Minister lasted only 30 minutes and occurred the morning after the Premier was the star attraction at a Labor Party political fundraiser,” Mr Sibma said.

“A 30-minute discussion with the NSW Government could have occurred over the phone, it didn’t require the Premier to fly to Sydney.

“It is clear that the real purpose of the Premier’s two-day taxpayer-funded visit was to raise money for the Labor Party and was not to undertake any Government business as he originally claimed.”

The Premier also admitted that he spent his remaining time in Sydney catching up with Labor Party identities, including Bob Hawke, Bob Carr and Geoff Gallop.

“The Opposition absolutely condemns this outrageous abuse of taxpayer money for political purposes and Premier’s arrogant attempt to mislead the public about the true nature of his travel,” Mr Sibma said.

Mr Sibma called upon the Premier to apologise for his behaviour and reimburse the public.

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