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PostSubject: Finance Minister Mathias Cormann repays Helloworld holiday flights after media queries   Finance Minister Mathias Cormann repays Helloworld holiday flights after media queries EmptyTue 19 Feb 2019, 4:44 pm

Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has said he didn't notice that he hadn't been charged more than $2,700 in flights for a January 2018 family holiday to Singapore — an amount he repaid yesterday after being contacted by the media.

Senator Cormann booked the January 2018 return flights for himself, his wife and two children through travel company Helloworld in July 2017.

He said an administrative error led to the company failing to charge his credit card, and only followed it up yesterday after the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age raised it with his office.

"At no point, until approached by the media yesterday, did I receive any reminders that the payment due remained outstanding, even though I now understand it appeared as outstanding and unresolved on the internal Helloworld system since that time," Senator Cormann said in a statement.

"The payment was processed immediately once it became apparent to me that it remained outstanding."

He said he thought his credit card had been charged when he booked the economy flights.

Senator Cormann released a letter he received from Helloworld, dated February 19, 2019, in which chief financial officer Michael Burnett said reminder payment notices had not been sent to the Finance Minister despite the payment being listed as "outstanding".

"The flights were never 'free' and they were never intended to be free," Mr Burnett said in the letter.

The chief executive of Helloworld is federal Liberal Party treasurer Andrew Burnes.

Senator Cormann, under questioning at Senate Estimates, revealed he had booked three family holidays by calling Mr Burnes directly.

But he denied there was any link between his relationship with Mr Burnes and a subsidiary of Helloworld being awarded a government travel contract.

"At no point did I influence or seek to influence the outcome of that tender process," he said.

"I had absolutely no role in the awarding of this tender or during the subsequent contract negotiations with the preferred tenderer."

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-19/mathias-cormann-singapore-family-flights-payment/10824200?section=politics
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PostSubject: Re: Finance Minister Mathias Cormann repays Helloworld holiday flights after media queries   Finance Minister Mathias Cormann repays Helloworld holiday flights after media queries EmptyWed 20 Feb 2019, 3:29 pm

Looks suss, but Cormann seems an honest guy so it probably was just an accounting mistake.
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PostSubject: Re: Finance Minister Mathias Cormann repays Helloworld holiday flights after media queries   Finance Minister Mathias Cormann repays Helloworld holiday flights after media queries EmptyWed 20 Feb 2019, 8:24 pm

Labor is clutching at straws ... Ministers have lots of "minders" ... he doesn't, personally, check every action with is Ministerial Credit Card. Somebody stuffed up but it wasn't him.
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PostSubject: Re: Finance Minister Mathias Cormann repays Helloworld holiday flights after media queries   Finance Minister Mathias Cormann repays Helloworld holiday flights after media queries EmptySat 23 Feb 2019, 1:55 pm

The Libbos are crooks but Labor are no angels either -
they're all crooks who will go after every penny they can make on the side -
if they think they can get away with it.

Don't vote for the major parties.
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PostSubject: Re: Finance Minister Mathias Cormann repays Helloworld holiday flights after media queries   Finance Minister Mathias Cormann repays Helloworld holiday flights after media queries EmptySat 23 Feb 2019, 7:41 pm

I don't think the Libs are crooks... in fact there are more many more Labor criminals than Libs. Now that is a fact.
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PostSubject: Re: Finance Minister Mathias Cormann repays Helloworld holiday flights after media queries   Finance Minister Mathias Cormann repays Helloworld holiday flights after media queries EmptyFri 08 Mar 2019, 2:47 pm

What about bludger Shorten's bus ride to nowhere up around Qld at the taxpayers' expense ?
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