29 Apr 2010

MPs, ministers spending down

9:23 pm on 29 April 2010

Ministers and MPs are spending less overall, figures on expenses for the first three months of the year show.

Ministers spent $532,254 on international travel from 1 January to 31 March.

That figure is about half what was spent in the last quarter of 2009, when just over $1 million was spent.

Total expenses for ministers' domestic travel and accommodation for themselves, their spouses and staff have increased slightly to $957,788; just $1,699 more than the final three months of last year.

MPs' international travel expenses are down $5534 to $90,757. Their domestic travel and accommodation expenses are down $320,527 to $1,470,429.