Three ministers and Legislative Council President resign amid SA expenses scandal
published 26.07.2020 05:17
"It has been an honour to serve as a minister in the Marshall Liberal Government and to have played a senior role in returning a Liberal Government for the people and communities of South Australia," he said.
Labor's Tom Koutsantonis said an analysis of documents had revealed Mr Knoll claimed a total of 20 nights, dating back to 2014, worth $4,406 by signing claim forms before the expenses were incurred.
Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas said it had been an "extraordinary day" in South Australian politics, adding that Mr Marshall should have issued the ministers with sanctions before dismissing them.
The resignations come as it was today revealed that Mr Knoll and Mr Whetstone claimed Country Members Accommodation Allowances before incurring any costs, despite the claim form stating the member of Parliament had already "incurred the expenses claimed".
"I apologise sincerely to the people of South Australia for the administrative errors in lodging Country Members' Accommodation Allowance claim forms, which have led me to make this decision."