As Australian politicians come under the spotlight again, there can be no surprise to find out that another minister is in trouble, and potentially thanks to a couple of mobile betting firms. This time, it’s the attendance at two horse races by Kevin Andrews, the Minister of Social Services, that is under scrutiny.
Andrews accepted tickets to both the Victoria Derby this year, and the Cox Plate both this and last year from Australian mobile gambling sites Sportsbet and Sportingbet.
Mr. Andrews was one of the decision makers working closely on the 2011 reforms to Australian gambling laws. His comments on the issue were that there was no conflict of interests whatsoever: “The Social Services portfolio includes the issue of gambling, therefore it’s relevant the minister meet with industry stakeholders on a regular basis.”
Another piece of information disclosed regarded Christopher Pyne, the Education Minister. He visited Rome around Christmas in 2008, for an education portfolio study tour and also met with the ambassador at the time, Amanda Vanstone. Pyne also visited the United Kingdom during that travel and went back there for an education portfolio study trip in 2011.
Additionally, the documents confirm that most MPs own at least two properties – one in their electorate region and one in Canberra. Many of the politicians still have mortgages.
Regarding the travelling issue, it seems that most MPs have earned to be in Qantas and Virgin clubs.
Peter Dutton, minister of two administrations – Health Sports, seems to have regular practice in accepting tickets to football matches. Some of the games he attended were the AFL Grand Final, the NRL Grand Final, the Melbourne Cup, the North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast, the Rugby Sevens, and many more.
Don Randall, a MP from Western Austalia, was judged for flying to Cairns to attend to his investment property, using taxpayers money. He also declared shares in Mount Magnet – South Western Australian gold company.