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Government expense accounts must be more tightly controlled

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, David Ridgway will write to the Auditor-General, asking him to investigate all government expense accounts, following revelations of manifestly excessive expense claims made by former Thinker in Residence, Goran Roos.

Expense accounts for Mr Roos paid for the Department of Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE) show tens of thousands of dollars of expenses claimed by Mr Roos in addition to his substantial pay check.

Mr Ridgway will now write to the Auditor-General asking him to investigate all government expense accounts to ensure that South Australian taxpayers are not left picking up the tab for any exorbitant and unnecessary claims.

"It is little wonder that the Weatherill Government has racked up record levels of debt," said Mr Ridgway.

"Public money needs to spent prudently and I’m concerned South Australian taxpayers are paying for exorbitant expense accounts that should be borne by the individuals not the taxpayers.

"In Professor Roos’ case, it is particularly galling that the taxpayer was left to pick up the tab and a generous tip for very expensive meals.

"In fact, it is reminiscent of Premier Weatherill shouting the bar at the Old Spot Hotel with taxpayers’ money.

"I fail to understand why South Australian taxpayers should pay for things ranging from a cup of coffee to dry cleaning to a book worth $522.

"One thing is very clear - there needs to be much tighter control of the use government expense accounts."

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