Taxpayer cash stays in Anning’s family
QUEENSLAND Senator Fraser Anning has used taxpayer funding to stay at a hotel owned by his brother on at least three occasions.
The independent Senator, who received just 19 votes in the last election, claimed the most of any federal politician for family members' travel in the most recently reported quarter last year.
He has also charged taxpayers to stay at his brother's hotel in Babinda, south of Cairns.
Senator Anning held a forum in his brother's hotel, the Babinda State Hotel, late last year.
Records for this visit are not yet available from the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority.
He also billed taxpayers for stays at the hotel on March 6 and July 19 last year.
He has not provided a reason for visiting the town on those dates but his spokesman said the travel was within the rules.
The hotel is one of only two in the small town.
"It's the most appropriate venue," Senator Anning's spokesman said.
The Senator billed taxpayers for the stays because he did not want to accept free accommodation from his brother, his spokesman said.
"There's no family in business," the spokesman said. "He pays his way."
Senator Anning also said his wife did not attend a right-wing rally in Melbourne last weekend on taxpayer funding.
The Senator earlier said his family was with him but he meant they were in Brisbane, his spokesman said.