#auspol @acoss this is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard come from the mouth of a Liberal Senator. Sen Lucy Gichuhi live kenyan TV saying 200k is not enough money , wage pic.twitter.com/3HLlkQTjPZ— MsRebeccaRobins (@MsRebeccaRobins) June 17, 2018
Senator ordered to pay back over $2,000 after charging taxpayers to fly two family members over for her lavish 50th birthday party (despite being 56)
- Taxpayers footed the bill for Senator Lucy Gichuhi to fly family to Adelaide
- It was for her '50th birthday plus GST', which she described as a wonderful night
- The Liberal Senator has since agreed to repay amount and 25 per cent penalty
Federal Liberal senator Lucy Gichuhi has been forced to pay back thousands of dollars after taxpayers footed the bill for two family members to be flown in to celebrate her birthday.
She has since said it was an administrative error involving misunderstanding of travel rules.
According to the publication, records show she billed taxpayers $2139 for two return airfares from Darwin to Adelaide as part of her 'family traveller' allowance.
Senator Lucy Gichuhi (pictured right) billed taxpayers to fly two family members to Adelaide for her '50th birthday plus GST'
The 'family traveller' allowance is a fund that can be used to pay for family members to visit politicians on 'parliamentary, electorate or official business'.
One of the 181 photos from the birthday celebrations on the senator's Facebook page. 'A wonderful night of celebration with family and close friends,' she posted
However, the rules state that the entitlement is provided to allow senators and members the chance to balance their work and family responsibilities.
Ms Gichuhi has since agreed to repay the full amount and will pay an additional 25 per cent penalty.
'Regarding the media reports about my travel expenses, this was an administrative error involving misunderstanding of travel rules. I’ve raised an invoice from the department to pay the costs of $2139 in full,' the senator tweeted on Sunday.
More than 180 photos from the birthday celebrations held at Rydges Hotel were uploaded to her Facebook page at the time.
'A wonderful night of celebration with family and close friends,' she posted.