South Australia’s Transport Minister Stephan Knoll will pay back almost $30,000 in expenses after it was revealed that he was claiming taxpayer-funded travel expenses incorrectly.
Stephan Knoll, who hails from the Barossa, had been claiming travel expenses for accommodation when travelling to Adelaide.
However, it has now been revealed that Mr Knoll stayed at his parent’s house on his trips to the city.
Mr Knoll’s father Franz Knoll confirmed to The Advertiser that his son was indeed paying “board” to stay at his house.
“We have an arrangement where he in a sense is paying a board,” Franz Knoll told The Advertiser.
Under South Australia’s rules governing expense claims, MPs travelling from the country must incur expenses in order to receive their nightly payments of $234.
Board paid to parents is not understood to be covered under these rules.
Mr Knoll repeatedly dodged questions around the expenses on radio this morning, refusing to reveal details about the claims.
Mr Knoll’s repayments are part of approximately $80,000 in total expenses now being repaid by South Australian MPs following the release of 10 years of MPs’ travel expense claims.