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Xenophon move may weaken watch on MPs travel say Greens

The proposal by Independent Senator Nick Xenophon to require details of MPs travel to be published within 60 days may actually weaken the existing requirement for reporting within 35 days,
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The fact is that all travel paid for other than by the MP themselves has to be notified on the Senate register or to the Senate within 35 days."


"So it seems Senator Xenophon's motion may actually delay, if not weaken, the reporting of any trips which are paid for with potential strings attached."

Senator Brown said existing rules require a report to Parliament where Parliamentarians use public money to travel overseas and when their travel is sponsored by a third party or upgraded.

"A motion in the Senate will not be binding on the House of Representatives in any case," Senator Brown said.

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