Justine Elliot
Justine Elliot John Gass

Richmond MP Justine Elliot spends $660,000 on office costs

RICHMOND MP Justine Elliot spent $661,865 on printing and communications costs from July 2009 to December 2014, $164,621 of which was claimed during the past two election campaign periods.

Ms Elliot spent $91,430 in the last half of 2010, $77,490 of which - 84% - was spent during the election campaign.

She claimed $119,525 on the entitlement between July and December 2013, with 72% - $87,131 - spent during the campaign.

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She said the claims were to "engage the views and values of people within our region" and were legal and within the rules.

First-term Page MP Kevin Hogan has spent $124,502 since his election in 2013.

He did not respond to questions.

His predecessor and Labor's 2016 candidate, Janelle Saffin, spent $598,728 on the entitlement from July 2009 to the end of 2013.

Ms Saffin spent $93,605 during the last half of 2013, 94% of which - $88,566 - was spent during the election campaign.

But she spent less during the 2010 campaign, claiming $122,956 in printing and communications costs in the last half of 2010 with only 57% - $70,490 - claimed during the 2010 campaign.

Ms Saffin said her claims were within the rules and that "in an election period people want to know more about what you do".

- DANIEL BURDON



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