Hinkler seat costs $244,000 in travel and office costs
MEMBER for Hinkler Keith Pitt spent almost $244,000 for travel and office costs between July and December last year, according to Parliamentary Expenditure reports.
This included more than $58,000 for an office fit-out for a new electorate office.
Mr Pitt said the electorate office had been moved in order to provide disability access as well as upgraded security.
The decisions regarding upgrades were handled by the Department of Finance and Mr Pitt said they were out of his control.
The Parliamentary Expenditure report also details the day-to-day cost of running the office, including phone bills and stationery costs.
"There are almost 100,000 members of the Hinkler electorate," Mr Pitt said.
"My office deals with literally hundreds of inquiries a week including those about Centrelink, Medicare and immigration and visas."
To keep stationery and telephone costs to a minimum his staff used email whenever possible, Mr Pitt said.
MPs must also travel to Canberra for every sitting week as well as committee meetings.