Premier Mark McGowan takes children on authorities journeys ‘as a result of he couldn’t discover a babysitter’


Premier Mark McGowan has admitted having to take his three kids to work with him on taxpayer-funded flights as a result of he couldn’t discover a babysitter.

He used a government-owned Hawker jet on 4 events to take his household on weekend journeys to Exmouth and Albany and a one-week fly-drive go to to the Pilbara.

In Exmouth, Mr McGowan opened the Ningaloo Guests Centre and spoke on the 50th anniversary of the Harold E. Holt radio communications station.

Mr McGowan visited Albany for the Anzac Day daybreak service and in a while Might 26. The six-day Pilbara journey took in Newman, Karijini, Port Hedland and Karratha.

He mentioned all 4 have been work journeys and his spouse Sarah accompanied him in her position as an official literacy and studying ambassador.

“My spouse Sarah is performing an vital public accountability,” Mr McGowan mentioned.

“We took the youngsters as a result of we didn’t have every other means of taking care of them on these events.”

The State Opposition mentioned the journeys have been holidays masquerading as official enterprise at taxpayer expense.

Alannah MacTiernan at the Leeuwin Estate concert last year.
Digital camera IconAlannah MacTiernan on the Leeuwin Property live performance final 12 months.Image: The West Australian

WA Liberal deputy chief Liza Harvey mentioned the jets have been made obtainable in order that the Premier and different ministers might carry out their duties in regional areas.

“It’s not a perk or an entitlement for use to take your loved ones on a junket,” she mentioned.

Extra questions have been raised about Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan’s use of presidency planes to go to Albany, the place she owns a vacation residence, on a number of events.

Ms MacTiernan has confirmed she flew her Japanese-speaking son and grandson to Albany in a authorities plane final Anzac Day to assist host a delegation of Japanese authorities officers.

She is a prolific consumer of the aircraft and on one event had it fly her from Karratha and drop her in Albany on a Friday. The aircraft returned to Perth with out her.

She additionally flew from her vacation residence in Albany to Margaret River to attend the 2018 Leeuwin Property live performance. Her spokesman she additionally attended a group assembly in Witchcliffe.