Embattled Labor MP faces fresh misconduct allegations over pop concert
Embattled Labor MP Emma Husar is denying she misused taxpayer funds to attend a pop concert in Brisbane.
Ms Husar is currently under investigation, facing allegations she misused parliamentary entitlements and bullied her staff.
The backbencher is now facing claims she skipped a day of Parliamentary hearings in Townsville to attend a Bruno Mars concert in March.
Ms Husar says the concert tickets were a gift, and she had work commitments in Brisbane the next day.
She’s now asked the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority to examine her use of taxpayer funds.
2/2 The concert tickets were a birthday present from a friend. Confident I’ve always acted within the rules but have asked IPEA to double-check and review as I take the use of taxpayers’ money extremely seriously.
— Emma Husar MP (@emmahusarmp) August 1, 2018
Senator Eric Abetz tells Ben Fordham “every day there just seems to be… new complaints against” her.
“Whilst I’m not in a position to talk about each and every allegation… the simple fact is that there are now so many allegations that one suspects some of them might, in fact, have a kernel of truth in them.
“Especially when we find out that it is staff members that are blowing the whistle in relation to this Labor member’s behaviour.”
When it comes to whether guidelines around travel entitlements should be cleared up, Senator Abetz says there should be a “degree of flexibility” but we have to “guard against opportunistic travel”.
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