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QUEENSLAND'S Labor Government has defended its failure to publicly account for more than $1 million worth of Ministerial expenses.

As the Turnbull Government moves to increase transparency around the way politicians' entitlements are reported on, the Palascszuk Government is yet to reveal how its Ministers managed to rack up a number of hefty travel bills.

At a Federal level every expense claim made by a Senator, Minister, or Member of Parliament is itemised on the Department of Finance's website.

Every six months the public is told how much was spent, the date it was spent on and the city or town in which the expense was incurred.

And that still hasn't been enough to stop questionable claims making their way through.

Meanwhile in Queensland the expenses incurred by Members of Parliament are made public - via an annual report - however, Ministerial expenses are drawn from another pool of money and these claims are not itemised.

Instead the public is only told the dollar value of how much each Minister spent during the financial year in question.

Over the course of the 2015-16 financial year Queensland's Labor Ministers claimed a total of $1,450,714 in personal expenses.

The largest component of the bill was $386,134 on domestic travel, followed by motor vehicle costs which came in at $384,025. 

Overseas travel was the next largest component of the bill - with Minister's claiming $268,281 worth of offshore jet-setting - although in terms of overseas trips Queensland's pollies are at least forced to tell us where they went and why, in a separate report.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was surprisingly not the largest claimant of domestic Ministerial travel.

She came in at fifth with Roads and Ports Minister Mark Bailey filing the largest claim of $30,834 in 2015-16.

Bailey was followed by Treasurer Curtis Pitt who claimed $28,901 and then Development and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham who spent $26,382.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath claimed $26,053 and then the Premier came in with the next biggest claim, slugging the taxpayer with a bill of $21,505 for one year's worth of travel around Australia.

A spokesman from the Premier's office defended the lack of itemisation of these expenses and Labor sources indicated change is not presently on the agenda.

"Ministerial expenses are subject to comprehensive guidelines and that has been the case under successive governments," the spokesman said.

"The guidelines include accountability and budget processes for expenses.

"Expenses are subject to external reporting and scrutiny by Parliamentary Estimates Committees, examination by the Queensland Audit Office and publication of budget documentation tabled in Parliament and in annual financial statements.

"The Ministerial Services Branch, within the public service, also maintains accountability systems to ensure compliance with the requirements of this Handbook and assist in correctly categorising and charging expenditure. These systems may be separate from and independent of other departmental accounting systems."

The only way for the public to access a complete breakdown of Queensland Minister's expenses is to pay the government, potentially thousands of dollars and force the release of the data in question under right to information laws.  

Minister

Domestic travel ($)

Bailey

30834

Pitt

28901

Lynham

26382

D'Ath

26053

Palaszczuk

21505

Jones

21349

Fentiman

21290

Miller

21285

Miles

20313

Enoch

20102

Grace

19925

O'Rourke

19613

Dick

17875

Hinchcliffe

17571

Byrne

17203

de Brenni

14711

Donaldson

14512

Trad

14282

Howard

7233

Ryan

5819



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