Motoring Mal Brough happy with 1300km drive to work

MEMBER for Fisher Mal Brough has gone to extreme lengths to avoid the travel entitlement scandals that plagued his predecessor.

Mr Brough drove his own car 1300km to the ACT this week to use during parliamentary sittings and has promised to chaffeur himself between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane airport.

Former Fisher MP Peter Slipper, who was crushed at the federal election, is facing Federal Court charges of misusing Cabcharge dockets.

He was accused of excessive spending during his tenure.

Just weeks after taking office, Mr Brough took a subtle dig at his political adversary by promising to drive himself between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane airport and around Canberra and cut down on Comcar services.

Mr Slipper was maligned for using a limousine service to shuttle him between the Coast and Brisbane and being an enthusiastic user of taxi and Comcar services.

He has also been accused of asking drivers to break up bills and use multiple Cabcharge dockets in what some see as a deliberate effort to hide the size of his fares from taxpayers.

Mr Brough said he had instituted a series of cost-saving measures. He said his wife Sue would accompany him to Canberra and staff his office on a voluntary basis.

He promised to be open and accountable and said that while his cost-saving measures were small, he believed in practising what he preached.

"I just don't accept that just because entitlements are there that they should be spent," he said.

"They should be used when required, not because they are there."

Mr Brough said he hoped to soon announce the location of his new electorate office.

The building which houses his current base is due to be demolished next year and he has been given notice to leave by July.

His present office is in a highly visible spot on the Nicklin Way at Kawana.

Mr Brough said he hoped to work with the Department of Finance to find a similar location.

"We're going through a process now where we're trying to find a space.''

Topics:  federal court federal election 2013 fisher mal brough peter slipper

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