Jen Butler MP
Labor Member for Lyons 17 October 2018
Investigation needed into potential misuse of taxpayer funds in Courtney scandal
• Spending of taxpayers’ money – including on trips – must be looked at
• Costs of secretary’s decision to work from Launceston must be scrutinised
• Hodgman running cover for undisciplined Liberal Ministry
Head of Labor’s Spending Scrutiny Committee Jen Butler has demanded the Premier refer the potential misuse of taxpayer funds by former Minister Sarah Courtney and the secretary of her department Dr John Whittington to the Auditor-General.
“The Auditor-General must be asked to investigate the expenditure of taxpayer funds including funds expended on the recent trade mission to Asia, including China and Hong Kong,” Ms Butler said.“The Auditor-General must also investigate whether or not Dr Whittington was working two days a week from Launceston, in Ms Courtney’s electorate, whether this was appropriate and the cost to Tasmanian taxpayers.“Tasmanians need to know how much of their money has been spent on travel, accommodation and entertainment during the period of Ms Courtney and Dr Whittington’s affair.
“If the Premier refuses, he is running a protection racket for bad behaviour for an undisciplined Liberal Ministry which has no regard for taxpayers’ money.
“The Premier must also clear up his mixed messages on Dr Whittington – has he been stood down or is he on leave?”