Pharmacist MP pays up for flight ‘error’

Emma McBride

Hospital pharmacist and Labor MP Emma McBride has repaid the cost of a flight from Perth to Canberra after it was billed to taxpayers

The Daily Telegraph and Express Advocate report that Ms McBride billed taxpayers $1655.40 for a business class flight from Perth to Canberra on November 20, 2016, for Parliament’s final sitting week.

This was one day after the close of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists’ Medications Management 2016 conference. The News Corp articles say that “mystery” surrounds the purpose of Ms McBride’s Perth trip.

Neither Ms McBride’s office nor the SHPA would confirm whether Ms McBride had attended the conference, which took place in Perth from 16 to 19 November 2016.

Ms McBride is the member for Dobell, on NSW’s Central Coast.

After the Express Advertiser queried the cost of the flight, as well as a $78.60 Comcar charge – also on November 20 – Ms McBride repaid the amount.

“The claim for that flight was corrected and fully repaid as soon as Emma was made aware,” a spokesperson from Ms McBride’s office told the AJP.

The incident comes not long after the establishment of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority, which began work on July 1 to keep an eye on federal politicians’ expenses.

This followed the row over travel expenses claimed by former Health Minister Sussan Ley, who resigned following media speculation over the issue. These expenses included the $12,000 charter of a private plane to attend the Pharmacy Guild’s APP Conference in March 2016.

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