The escalating country claims scandal will see systemic change and could have ongoing ramifications for the SA Liberal Party. But, writes Tom Richardson, the Marshall Government has already set the precedent for what happens next.
Embattled Transport Minister Stephan Knoll has sought to blame the state’s independent remuneration tribunal for the “ambiguity” that has forced him to repay almost $30,000 of taxpayers’ money, but has repeatedly refused to detail the “range of expenses” for which he claimed the Country Members Accommodation Allowance.
Transport Minister Stephan Knoll and Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone will pay back tens of thousands of dollars in parliamentary allowances as the controversy around travel claims for country-based MPs broadened dramatically today, with the release of documents revealing what Premier Steven Marshall called “administrative errors” by several parliamentarians.
Labor says it will ask police to investigate whether any South Australian MPs have breached parliamentary accommodation allowance protocols and has called on Upper House president Terry Stephens to stand aside pending any inquiry.