Taxpayers pick up Cabinet's $81,000 Games bill

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Palaszczuk Government Ministers and their staff racked up a huge $81,313 bill for luxury accommodation and other expenses while attending the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, it was revealed today.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Games Minister Kate Jones each chalked up hotel bills of more than $10,000 after booking into the $718-a-night Sheraton Mirage Resort for 14 nights.

'The $81,000 bill for Labor's entourage at the Commonwealth Games is obscene,' LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said.

'The Premier's priorities are all wrong – she is addicted to wasting taxpayers' money.

'This excessive spending is a kick in the guts for hard-working Queenslanders who are struggling to pay their bills.'

The accommodation was booked to spare the Premier and her Ministers from being driven back to their Brisbane homes after attending Games events.

'The Palaszczuk Government forces rural mums to drive hundreds of kilometres to give birth, but its Ministers baulk at being driven down the M1 after a day watching sport,' Ms Frecklington said.

The records also show the Premier also billed taxpayers $8 for a train ride on the Gold Coast.

While the Premier enjoyed free travel and five-star accommodation, 12 of her staff lodged in $395-a-night rooms at SeaWorld.

Sports Minister Mick de Brenni and his chauffeur plumped for the $744-a-night Peppers Broadbeach resort, while Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliff billed taxpayers $245 for a more affordable night at The Star.

The final expenses bill is set to rise further as some Ministers, including Transport Minister Mark Bailey, are yet to file claims for reimbursement.

 
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