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Keppel MP Pleads Innocent Over Rumoured Integrity Breach

The Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga. Image Supplied.

The Member for Keppel and Assistant Education Minister Brittany Lauga has told Parliament she did not breach the property developer laws during an education-related trip to China earlier this year.

She said she paid her own flights and accommodation as part of an international education delegation, together with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Livingstone Shire Council and the Principals of St Ursula’s College Yeppoon and St Brendan’s College Yeppoon.

“I undertook (the trip) in my capacity as Assistant Minister for Education to, amongst other things, sign a sister agreement on behalf of the Yeppoon State High School and Jiangsu Province Yangzhong Xinba Middle School.”

Mrs Lauga said a print media report “does not set out the complete and accurate circumstances of my trip to China and it is important that I correct certain matters”.

“I paid my own airfares – a matter the article neglects to mention - (and) there was a process agreed upon where the Livingstone Shire Council would invoice me for accommodation costs.

“Upon receiving an invoice from the Council, I paid this invoice.

“Upon completing an audit of my finances for last financial year, I became aware that the invoice received from the Livingstone Shire Council was missing reference to one night’s accommodation.

“It was at this point I immediately remedied my register.”

Mrs Lauga told the House the media article failed to mention that the Electoral Commission Queensland website states that Members of Parliament are not considered to receive a political donation in circumstances where members receive modest hospitality, perishable food or tickets to sporting or cultural events (under $200 as a guide), of which have no enduring value, and are received during the course of official duty.

“On this basis I maintain that I have not breached the property developer laws,” she said.