Minister Michael Wright must justify his reasons for spending $184 on his Ministerial credit card for a lunch for one in Melbourne, Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today.
Documents released under Freedom of Information (attached) show Mr. Wright spent $184.60 on a lunch for one at the exclusive and very expensive Flower Drum Chinese restaurant in Melbourne.
“British Restaurant magazine claims to have the definitive list of the top 50 restaurants in the world. Three of them are in Australia, and among this elite few is the Flower Drum…
“If cost is no issue, and you are passionate, or simply curious about authentic Chinese cooking, Flower Drum is an experience you must savour at least once in your life.”
Mr. Lucas said it is clear that cost is no issue for Mr. Wright, because the taxpayers are footing his bills.
“This extravagance from Mr. Wright is not an isolated example, as there are many others including chauffeured limousines and two of the best Sydney restaurants in an indulgent 18 hour trip to Sydney.
“Whilst other meal costs revealed in the Freedom of Information documents are described as ‘Minister – work related meeting,’ this claim is not. Instead it is described as ‘Minister, meals while travelling.’”
“It appears as if Mr. Wright has just decided to pop off to one of the most expensive restaurants in Melbourne to have a quiet lunch on his lonesome!
“Whatever the circumstances of this lunch, it is certainly not a reasonable or defensible use of Ministerial credit cards.
“At a time when the Rann Government is cutting funding to schools and cannot find resources to investigate all child abuse cases, it is outrageous that an increasingly arrogant Rann Government is wasting money in this way.”