Minister racks up more than $450,000 in travel costs visiting her rural electorate  

Minister racks up more than $450,000 in travel costs visiting her rural electorate  

Minister racks up more than $450,000 in travel costs visiting her rural electorate – because she lives 2,200km away in a luxury $1.6million townhouse

  • Melissa Price has racked up over $450,000 in taxpayer-funded travel costs 
  • The Liberal MP holds the seat of Durack that covers the northern half of WA 
  • Ms Price lives over 2,200km away from her Broome electorate in Perth mansion  

Brett Lackey For Daily Mail Australia

Liberal frontbencher Melissa Price has racked up more than $450,000 in taxpayer-funded travel costs visiting her rural Western Australia electorate, it has been revealed.

The Federal Environment Minister lives more than 2,200km away from her Broome electorate office in a luxury $1.6million beachside mansion in Perth.

Travel records show that Ms Price has spent over $190,000 on commercial flights alone since taking office in 2013, according to The Australian.

Liberal frontbencher Melissa Price has racked up more than $450,000 in taxpayer funded travel costs visiting her rural Western Australia electorate, it has been revealed 

Liberal frontbencher Melissa Price has racked up more than $450,000 in taxpayer funded travel costs visiting her rural Western Australia electorate, it has been revealed 

Liberal frontbencher Melissa Price has racked up more than $450,000 in taxpayer funded travel costs visiting her rural Western Australia electorate, it has been revealed 

The Environment Minister lives more than 2,200km away from her Broome electorate office in a luxury $1.6million beachside mansion in Perth 

The Environment Minister lives more than 2,200km away from her Broome electorate office in a luxury $1.6million beachside mansion in Perth 

The Environment Minister lives more than 2,200km away from her Broome electorate office in a luxury $1.6million beachside mansion in Perth 

A further $159,000 was spent on charter flights and hire cars to navigate her electorate, along with a $104,000 travel allowance bill.

The MP holds the seat of Durack, which covers the northern half of Western Australia.

‘My constituents are spread over 1.6 million square kilometres. It is a 34-hour drive from Merredin in the wheatbelt to Kununurra in the north. Ensuring I spend time in all parts of the electorate means I travel extensively,’ the Minister said in a statement.

‘I have three offices – Merredin, Geraldton and Broome. There are no commercial flights between these towns, or any of the other regional centres.

‘If I was to live in Geraldton or Broome, I would have to first travel to Perth before taking a connecting flight to other regional centres in my electorate.

‘Similarly… every sitting week of the Parliament would require me to take a commercial flight to and from Perth before connecting to Canberra.’  

Ms Price just last week came under fire for comments she allegedly made to a former President of the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati.

Anote Tong, a climate change campaigner met Ms Price at a Canberra restaurant where witnesses claim she made remarks about the dignitary wanting money.  

‘I know why you are here, it’s for the cash. For the Pacific, it’s always about the cash. I have my cheque book here, how much do you want?’ Labour Senator Patrick Dodson claims she said.

Ms Price has said she 100 per cent disagrees with Mr Dodson’s account of the conversation. 

Travel expense data shows that Ms Price spent 118 nights in Geraldton at $376 a night and 75 nights in Broome at $441 a night.

Her Perth home in the beachside suburb of Marmion was listed in 2016 for $1.59million and Ms Price also owns a property in the Canberra suburb of Kingston.

Her husband owns an investment property near Margaret River, according to The Australian. 

Travel records show that Ms Price has spent over $190,000 on commercial flights alone since taking office in 2013 

Travel records show that Ms Price has spent over $190,000 on commercial flights alone since taking office in 2013 

Travel records show that Ms Price has spent over $190,000 on commercial flights alone since taking office in 2013 

Her Perth home in the beachside suburb of Marmion was listed in 2016 for $1.59 million and Ms Price also owns a property in the Canberra suburb of Kingston 

Her Perth home in the beachside suburb of Marmion was listed in 2016 for $1.59 million and Ms Price also owns a property in the Canberra suburb of Kingston 

Her Perth home in the beachside suburb of Marmion was listed in 2016 for $1.59 million and Ms Price also owns a property in the Canberra suburb of Kingston 

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