Grounded ministers to save taxpayers thousands as they stay home

  • Jan 13, 2021
  • Sydney Morning Herald

Ms Trad also travelled to China in September 2019, at a cost of $17,086, for the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Queensland/Shanghai sister state relationship.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk flew to Switzerland from September 7 to 12, 2019, to discuss a potential Queensland bid for the 2032 Olympics, at a cost of $32,979.

Ms Palaszczuk also incurred more than $5000 in expenses from a cancelled trip to China.

Other ministers to travel overseas were Cameron Dick, who went to the Bio World Congress 2019 in the US ($28,387), Yvette D'Ath who travelled to New Zealand for a forum on consumer affairs ($5785), Kate Jones who went to China to discuss tourism ($19,432), Mark Bailey who went to France, the UK and Norway to meet with transport authorities and receive briefings on smart ticketing, hydrogen and electric public transport vehicles ($36,615), and Mark Furner who went to Indonesia and Singapore to strengthen trade relationships in beef, sugar, cotton and grain ($30,791).