Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd.
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd. Tom Huntley

Flynn MP spent over $100k in election campaign

FLYNN MP Ken O'Dowd was one of Federal Parliament's biggest spenders of printing and communications entitlements during the six-month period that included the 2013 election - claiming $132,309 for the period.

His claims made him parliament's sixth biggest spender on the entitlement in the last six months of 2013.

The central Queensland MP spent 84% of that, or $112,235, during the six weeks of the 2013 election campaign.

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The campaign spend was almost a quarter of his total claims of $478,177 on the entitlement since he was elected in 2010.

 

Finance Department documents show Mr O'Dowd spent $117,411 on the entitlement in the 2011 calendar year, $96,650 in 2012, $207,881 in the 2013 election year and $27,603 in 2014.

ARM does not suggest any of Mr O'Dowd's claims on the entitlement were outside the rules.

Mr O'Dowd did not respond to a series of questions on the matter.

The entitlement can only be used for "electorate" or "parliamentary purposes", despite those terms not being defined under the regulations.

The last review of the entitlements system recommended banning the use of the entitlement during the official six-week campaign period, a recommendation all governments since have ignored.

- DANIEL BURDON


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