MP EXPENSES: O'Dowd hits the phones
MEMBER for Flynn Ken O'Dowd spent more money on telecommunications in 2018 than any other of his Queensland National Party colleagues.
The revelation came with the Independent Parliamentarian Expenses Authority's release of last year's fourth quarter statistics.
Mr O'Dowd spent $12,120 on telecommunications, which includes residential and office phones, data and fax.
By comparison, Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch, whose division is centred around Cairns and who, like Mr O'Dowd, has two electorate offices, spent $11,093.17, despite Leichhardt being around 15,000sq km larger than Flynn.
Mr O'Dowd also spent $10,873.46 on travel for his family in 2018.
Among Queensland Nationals, only Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien spent more.
In total, Mr O'Dowd had expenses of $619,018.40 last year.
The expenses report also revealed the politician is a subscriber of The Australian, The Courier Mail, The Morning Bulletin, The Observer, News Mail, The Australian Financial Review, Central Telegraph, Queensland Country Life and Central Queensland News.
"All expenses are approved by the IPEA, the body that monitors all parliament expenditure,” Mr O'Dowd said.
"All expenses are within budget and all approved by IPEA.”
"I am very conscious of how I spend taxpayers' money.”