Labor MP Leesa Vlahos has spent almost $12,500 on a trip to Greece, while attending 4 wreath-lays and 12 ceremonies during the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Greece and Battle of Crete Pilgrimage.
Leesa Vlahos, who has since been promoted to Parliamentary Secretary of the Premier, spent 2 weeks with her husband, George, last May representing the then premier Mike Rann in Greece.
Having spent more than $4200 on airfares for herself and her husband, who is of Greek descent, for the work trip, Ms Vlahos took personal leave and extended her stay for a week to have a holiday, reported The Australian.
Premier Jay Weatherill said a public notice would be published tomorrow “advising that I have asked the Remuneration Tribunal to review the entitlement of MPs to be accompanied on parliamentary travel by a spouse, domestic partner or family member”.
“I requested that the tribunal seek public submissions as part of its review,” Mr Weatherill said.
According to The Australian, in addition to the airfares, Ms Vlahos claimed $8240 in international per diem for her trip to Greece.
Ms Vlahos answered that the expenses had been benefitial to many veterans and the Greek community of the northern Adelaide electorate of Taylor.