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Hockey and Hanson-Young in travel expenses spotlight

THE MPs travel controversy engulfing federal politics does not look to be going away any time soon after more questionable claims were levelled against two high profile politicians.

It has been revealed outspoken Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young slugged taxpayers $2701 for a trip to Sydney's Mardi Gras in 2013.

The breakdown of her travel claim included $744 for two nights accommodation, $994 in flights and $963 in Comcar travel.

Mardi Gras organisers also provided her with two free VIP tickets to the event.

Ms Hanson-Young took to social media on Thursday to defend her travel expense claims.

"Newsflash! I go to Mardi Gras because I am a proud supporter of LGBTI rights," she tweeted.

Newsflash! I go to Mardi Gras because I'm a proud supporter of LGBTI rights and promoting equality is an important part...

Posted by Senator Sarah Hanson-Young on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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Treasurer Joe Hockey was also outed on Thursday for claiming $11,300 for a charter flight to Tasmania shortly after handing down the 2014 budget.

He met with then Palmer United Party Senator Jacquie Lambie in a bid to woo her over his controversial first budget.

Labor's Tony Burke also came under fire this week after it was revealed he charged taxpayers more than $12,000 for a family holiday to Uluru in 2012.

He also slugged taxpayers to attend a Robbie Williams concert last year.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to announce further details of the review he has ordered into MP travel and expense entitlements over the coming week.

- APN NEWSDESK.


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