Australian Health Minister resigns over expenses scandal

Australian Health Minister resigns over expenses scandal

By Keshala Dias

Jan 13, 2017 | 2:07 pm

Australian Health Minister Sussan Ley has resigned after using a taxpayer-funded trip to purchase an apartment on Queensland’s Gold Coast.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he had accepted Ley’s resignation on January 13.

Turnbull announced that an independent Parliamentary expenses authority will be set up.

At a press conference in Sydney, Turnbull thanked Ley for her service and said he thought she had made the “right judgment” in choosing to resign.

Ley stood aside as health minister on Monday pending an investigation into her claims for taxpayer-funded travel, including what she called an “error of judgment” in charging for a trip to the Gold Coast in which she bought a $795,000 apartment.

However, Ley said on January 13 that she is confident that she did not breach the rules, not just regarding entitlements but most importantly the ministerial code of conduct.