MP Neville lauds 'sensible' spending on entitlements
FEDERAL member for Hinkler Paul Neville has lauded the benefits of "sensible" spending by MPs, with his own parliamentary expenditure coming in well under budget limits.
In the six months to June 30, Mr Neville's total spending was $107,680.
This compared with Nationals leader and Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss, who spent $191,926.
The information was contained in the latest Parliamentarians' Expenditure on Entitlement report.
This details areas including printing, office administration, overseas and domestic travel and telecommunications.
Mr Neville said he tried to be sensible with his parliamentary budget.
"Just because it is there to spend doesn't mean you should use it," he said.
"We check expenses and always try to get the best bang for our buck."
He defended Mr Truss's spending, saying the Nationals leader was probably expected to travel to Canberra a fair amount due to his role.
The report showed Mr Truss spent $34,000 on domestic fares, compared to Mr Neville's $19,000; and $58,036 on printing and communications compared to $11,836 for Mr Neville.
A spokesman for Mr Truss said he had conducted an exhaustive survey during the six-month period, which had added to expenditure on printing and communications.
Reply paid envelopes were sent out to the entire electorate.