Jun 08, 2015
By Michael Kramer
The Senate Speaker Leo Housakos – and Senate Liberal leader James Cowan – have paid back expense money that was found to be questionable – by the auditor general.
But the pair still maintain the expenses were legitimate.
Meantime, there’s word that the auditor general’s report into Senate spending – refers specifically to partisan activities as legitimate official business.
That’s music to the ears of suspended senator Mike Duffy – because that very argument has been made by the defence in his trial.
Duffy had pleaded not guilty to 31 charges – including several involving travel to Conservative party events – which he in turn – billed to the Senate.