Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert has received a bill for $37,975 after it was revealed the Gold Coast MP had racked up enormous internet costs at his Nerang home.
Special Minister of the State Alex Hawke said in a statement the Finance Department had signed off on the bill.
“Due to the location of his residence, Mr Robert was only able to access mobile broadband services with limited monthly download capabilities,” he said.
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“Whilst the Department of Finance approved the current internet solution, very high excess data charges have understandably caused concern.”
Mr Roberts, who ran an IT firm before entering politics, wrote on Twitter he’s paid the costs.
Regarding internet expenditure – I‘ve immediately repayed a full amount of $37,975 that reflects excess usage charges under the Finance Department’s approved plan.
— Stuart Robert MP (@stuartrobertmp) October 12, 2018
His exorbitant internet bills were initially published by Fairfax in October.
Their investigation found he spent an average of almost $2000 dollars of taxpayers’ money per month on the internet during the last six months of recorded parliamentary expenses.
This is around 20 times the average amount politicians spend.
In May he spent $2832 and told Fairfax Media the figure was caused by him using 300 gigabytes of data, well over his limit of 50 gigabytes.