Councillors off to China on a junket

Melbourne City Councilors Ken Ong (Liberal) and Richard Foster (ALP) are both off to China in ongoing rounds of overseas Junkets, although Richard Foster, who was elected with the support of RESIDENTS FIRST:STOP THE RATES RIP-OFF!, claims the China Trip is not a Junket.Foster’s name was kept secrete from teh original report which listed Cr Ong plus one other City Council. It is unkown if the other was a draw from the hat but the City of Melbourne needed to bring Richard Foster under the spell and umbrella of junkets and overseas in-house trips rewards system.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle who  recently traveled to London on a $10,000 junket to discuss Policing in Capital Cities (Unlike London Melbourne has no role in policing which is the responsibility of State Government) is off to New York later this month on what is widely seen as another junket and breach of the Lord Mayor’s previous electon undertaking to not go on a junket.

Free from this obligation, Robert Doyle claims that the No junkets policy was made in the previous election and does not apply to his election in 2012, Robert Doyle’s of the view that he has earned the right to travel around the world at Councils expense.

No Junket Rob goes on a Junket St Petersburg in the middle of Winter


Rob Doyle less then a month in the top job has planned a Junket to St Petersburg. Russia. Whilst St Petersburg is one of Melbourne’s Sister Cities one has to question the merit and benefit of the planned junket.

Ousted Melbourne City Councillor, Fiona Snedden, as part of her farewell world tour visited St Petersburg in May last year. Prior to that Rob’s Deputy, Susan Riley, and disgraced former City Councillor Anthony Nicholson packed in a midnight summers holiday back in 2003-4 costing ratepayers in excess of 20,000 each. Anthony Nicholson was too drunk the night before and missed his plan and had to schedule an alternative flight. The cost of Nicholson’s St Petersburg tour was never “acquitted” and did not show up on the Council’s Travel register or expense statements.

It is unclear as to the reason or benefit of this trip which Robert claims was organised prior to his election. There was no mention of this in Cr Snedden’s report.

The Moscow Embassy is controversial itself and should be seriously reviewed. What does and has Austrade done. the staff at the Moscow office are highly paid and have numerous lurks and perks. they are also responsible for representing Australia throughout Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and other CIS countries. They never seem to do anything for the other countries where their absence is noted by most Australian’s.

Winter in Russia is not a picnic which begs the question what has Robert Doyle got to offer and contibute that will bring direct benefits to Melbourne?

No Junket Rob goes on a Junket St Petersburg in the middle of Winter


Rob Doyle less then a month in the top job has planned a Junket to St Petersburg. Russia. Whilst St Petersburg is one of Melbourne’s Sister Cities one has to question the merit and benefit of the planned junket.

Ousted Melbourne City Councillor, Fiona Snedden, as part of her farewell world tour visited St Petersburg in May last year. Prior to that Rob’s Deputy, Susan Riley, and disgraced former City Councillor Anthony Nicholson packed in a midnight summers holiday back in 2003-4 costing ratepayers in excess of 20,000 each. Anthony Nicholson was too drunk the night before and missed his plan and had to schedule an alternative flight. The cost of Nicholson’s St Petersburg tour was never “acquitted” and did not show up on the Council’s Travel register or expense statements.

It is unclear as to the reason or benefit of this trip which Robert claims was organised prior to his election. There was no mention of this in Cr Snedden’s report.

The Moscow Embassy is controversial itself and should be seriously reviewed. What does and has Austrade done. the staff at the Moscow office are highly paid and have numerous lurks and perks. they are also responsible for representing Australia throughout Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and other CIS countries. They never seem to do anything for the other countries where their absence is noted by most Australian’s.

Winter in Russia is not a picnic which begs the question what has Robert Doyle got to offer and contibute that will bring direct benefits to Melbourne?

No Junket Rob goes on a Junket St Petersburg in the middle of Winter


Rob Doyle less then a month in the top job has planned a Junket to St Petersburg. Russia. Whilst St Petersburg is one of Melbourne’s Sister Cities one has to question the merit and benefit of the planned junket.

Ousted Melbourne City Councillor, Fiona Snedden, as part of her farewell world tour visited St Petersburg in May last year. Prior to that Rob’s Deputy, Susan Riley, and disgraced former City Councillor Anthony Nicholson packed in a midnight summers holiday back in 2003-4 costing ratepayers in excess of 20,000 each. Anthony Nicholson was too drunk the night before and missed his plan and had to schedule an alternative flight. The cost of Nicholson’s St Petersburg tour was never “acquitted” and did not show up on the Council’s Travel register or expense statements.

It is unclear as to the reason or benefit of this trip which Robert claims was organised prior to his election. There was no mention of this in Cr Snedden’s report.

The Moscow Embassy is controversial itself and should be seriously reviewed. What does and has Austrade done. the staff at the Moscow office are highly paid and have numerous lurks and perks. they are also responsible for representing Australia throughout Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and other CIS countries. They never seem to do anything for the other countries where their absence is noted by most Australian’s.

Winter in Russia is not a picnic which begs the question what has Robert Doyle got to offer and contibute that will bring direct benefits to Melbourne?

Jetset private local travel Cost of local travel ($140/week car allowance) makes Cr Jetter the highest spending Councillor in our Car free City

While we eagerly await the publication of the City Council’s travel expenses. The Melbourne Weekly reports on Cr Carl Jetter and his top of the list local travel expenses. Cr Jetter we understand is overseas visiting China. It turns out he has an outsourced business association in China which raises the question how many of his council funded overseas trips to China are private as opposed to being Council related?


The weekly reports that Cr Jetter has been charging the City of Melbourne $140.00 per week travel expenses to drive into the city from his home in Ashburton. Cr Jetter’s expenses are twice that of any other Councillor. (Excluding John So and Garry Singer who have use of a Council funded and supplied limousine, the costs of which are not included in the Councillor expense statements). Cr Carl Jetter was elected as a member of John So’s China/Australian friendship association team. Our City Councillors have travelled to China more then any other country.

Jetset private local travel Cost of local travel ($140/week car allowance) makes Cr Jetter the highest spending Councillor in our Car free City

While we eagerly await the publication of the City Council’s travel expenses. The Melbourne Weekly reports on Cr Carl Jetter and his top of the list local travel expenses. Cr Jetter we understand is overseas visiting China. It turns out he has an outsourced business association in China which raises the question how many of his council funded overseas trips to China are private as opposed to being Council related?


The weekly reports that Cr Jetter has been charging the City of Melbourne $140.00 per week travel expenses to drive into the city from his home in Ashburton. Cr Jetter’s expenses are twice that of any other Councillor. (Excluding John So and Garry Singer who have use of a Council funded and supplied limousine, the costs of which are not included in the Councillor expense statements). Cr Carl Jetter was elected as a member of John So’s China/Australian friendship association team. Our City Councillors have travelled to China more then any other country.

Jetset private local travel Cost of local travel ($140/week car allowance) makes Cr Jetter the highest spending Councillor in our Car free City

While we eagerly await the publication of the City Council’s travel expenses. The Melbourne Weekly reports on Cr Carl Jetter and his top of the list local travel expenses. Cr Jetter we understand is overseas visiting China. It turns out he has an outsourced business association in China which raises the question how many of his council funded overseas trips to China are private as opposed to being Council related?


The weekly reports that Cr Jetter has been charging the City of Melbourne $140.00 per week travel expenses to drive into the city from his home in Ashburton. Cr Jetter’s expenses are twice that of any other Councillor. (Excluding John So and Garry Singer who have use of a Council funded and supplied limousine, the costs of which are not included in the Councillor expense statements). Cr Carl Jetter was elected as a member of John So’s China/Australian friendship association team. Our City Councillors have travelled to China more then any other country.

Auditable accounts – The Campaign for accountability continues Correspondence sent to the City Council’s Finance and Governance committee

The Lord Mayor and Councillors
City of Melbourne

Dear Councillors
In perpetration for the next update of Councillor’s Travel Expenses due out next week.
I have noticed that the administration has altered information and also deleted some records from the previously published Travel register data.
Clearly there is a demonstratable need for the provision of record id’s to be included in the register
Given the City Council’s record of corruption and the fact that the Travel Register in its current form is not a fixed register but an “electronic whiteboard” it is rather easy for the administration to alter and remove records at will making it difficult for any effective audit of the published data.
I can only re-iterate my previous recommendations (Click here to view report) As the City Council has failed to properly consider these recommendations I request that the report below be referred to the Council’s Audit Committee for further consideration by the City Council’s auditors.
Yours faithfully

Auditable accounts – The Campaign for accountability continues Correspondence sent to the City Council’s Finance and Governance committee

The Lord Mayor and Councillors
City of Melbourne

Dear Councillors
In perpetration for the next update of Councillor’s Travel Expenses due out next week.
I have noticed that the administration has altered information and also deleted some records from the previously published Travel register data.
Clearly there is a demonstratable need for the provision of record id’s to be included in the register
Given the City Council’s record of corruption and the fact that the Travel Register in its current form is not a fixed register but an “electronic whiteboard” it is rather easy for the administration to alter and remove records at will making it difficult for any effective audit of the published data.
I can only re-iterate my previous recommendations (Click here to view report) As the City Council has failed to properly consider these recommendations I request that the report below be referred to the Council’s Audit Committee for further consideration by the City Council’s auditors.
Yours faithfully

Auditable accounts – The Campaign for accountability continues Correspondence sent to the City Council’s Finance and Governance committee

The Lord Mayor and Councillors
City of Melbourne

Dear Councillors
In perpetration for the next update of Councillor’s Travel Expenses due out next week.
I have noticed that the administration has altered information and also deleted some records from the previously published Travel register data.
Clearly there is a demonstratable need for the provision of record id’s to be included in the register
Given the City Council’s record of corruption and the fact that the Travel Register in its current form is not a fixed register but an “electronic whiteboard” it is rather easy for the administration to alter and remove records at will making it difficult for any effective audit of the published data.
I can only re-iterate my previous recommendations (Click here to view report) As the City Council has failed to properly consider these recommendations I request that the report below be referred to the Council’s Audit Committee for further consideration by the City Council’s auditors.
Yours faithfully

Publication of Council’s travel costs and expenses under valuedCall for further review by the State Ombudsman Department

The Herald Sun, following the updated publication of Melbourne Travel Register and Councillor expenses.
Missing from the published expenses is the costs associated with the Lord Mayors and Deputy Lord Mayors Council funded Limousines and the costs associated with internal catering.
The City Council administration continues to avoid full disclosure of Council’s costs. City of Melbourne’s Linda Weatherspoon has still not responded to our request for information and details of costs.
The published statements are false and not a true or accurate statement of costs. The Travel register is maintained on an electronic white Bord, contains not proper record identification which leaves it wide open to misuse and abuse with records able to be be removed , deleted or amended without any proper audit trail or accountability. (The Council has still failed to account for 10,000’s of dollars of expenses that mysteriously have never been included on the published statements.)
This comes as no surprise as the Council is never held to account by the elected representatives. WHY? because they also have their hands in the cookie jar and are implicated and as such have adopted a policy of avoidance.
The Council’s continued refusal to provide open and transparent governance leaves the City Council wide open to continued corruption. (See previous posts on Ombudsman inquiry into Traffic fines)
The City Council maintains detailed records of internal catering costs but refuse to publish them. Likewise details of costs of the Council’s vehicle fleet are maintained but the City Council refuses to include these costs in the Councillors expense statements. This under values the true costs of the City administration and brings the Councils financial and quality of it’s audit into question. Most of the problems are solely due to the policy of the City Councils Governance department headed by Linda Weatherspoon and sanctioned by the CEO and the elected Council.
Linda Weatherspoon continues to misuse and abuse of the FOI process is concern. The policy and administration of the City Council governance department should be subject of further review by the State Ombudsman in the coming months ( Stay tuned).
$400,000 council globetrot
Jen Kelly, city editor
02may06

LORD Mayor John So and the city council splurged more than $400,000 on 34 overseas and 70 interstate junkets in the past year, new documents reveal.

The costliest was a $23,225 three-week trip for an executive to attend sister-city celebrations in Boston and a biotech conference in Philadelphia.

Ratepayers also footed an $8374 bill to fly in three Play School presenters for the Moomba parade and three entertainers for the Queen’s Baton Relay in March.

Reports on the council’s website at the weekend show the 12-month bill up to March is almost $408,000, with further costs to be finalised.

Spin-doctor Hayden Cock, who is believed to earn more than $200,000, enjoyed his first ratepayer-funded trip less than four months into his job.

Mr Cock was appointed to improve council’s image with ratepayers after a series of scandals, several centred on Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer.

Mr Cock’s two-day trip to Sydney to attend a “managing reputation risk” conference in March cost ratepayers almost $3500 for air fares and the conference fee alone.

The corporate affairs director’s accommodation bill is yet to emerge.

The nine councillors including Cr So spent $87,465 on travel. City of Melbourne staff, mostly executives, spent the rest.

The bill includes:

$1060 for an arts project officer to go to a NSW conference on “future directions for the pipe organ in Australia”.

$2250 to send design and culture director Rob Adams to Hong Kong for two days to verify production of a material for council building CH2.

$3300 for a council landscape architect to fly to sister city Tianjin in China for a week to ensure project managers had correctly interpreted plans for the Melbourne Children’s Garden. Council is spending $180,000 on the garden.

$15,070 for marketing manager Scott Chapman to attend the World Swimming Championships in Montreal.

$16,163 for Mr Chapman to take a 19-day trip to London and Ireland.

Of the nine councillors, Cr Singer was the most expensive and extensive globetrotter.

His trips to Milan, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Perth and Canberra cost ratepayers $36,563.

The second biggest spender among the councillors was Cr So, whose $23,771 in travel included San Francisco, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Beijing, his birthplace Hong Kong, and Adelaide.

City of Melbourne chief executive officer David Pitchford defended the spending, saying travel was undertaken when necessary in order for council officers to fulfil their duties and when it was for the benefit for the city.

Publication of Council’s travel costs and expenses under valuedCall for further review by the State Ombudsman Department

The Herald Sun, following the updated publication of Melbourne Travel Register and Councillor expenses.
Missing from the published expenses is the costs associated with the Lord Mayors and Deputy Lord Mayors Council funded Limousines and the costs associated with internal catering.
The City Council administration continues to avoid full disclosure of Council’s costs. City of Melbourne’s Linda Weatherspoon has still not responded to our request for information and details of costs.
The published statements are false and not a true or accurate statement of costs. The Travel register is maintained on an electronic white Bord, contains not proper record identification which leaves it wide open to misuse and abuse with records able to be be removed , deleted or amended without any proper audit trail or accountability. (The Council has still failed to account for 10,000’s of dollars of expenses that mysteriously have never been included on the published statements.)
This comes as no surprise as the Council is never held to account by the elected representatives. WHY? because they also have their hands in the cookie jar and are implicated and as such have adopted a policy of avoidance.
The Council’s continued refusal to provide open and transparent governance leaves the City Council wide open to continued corruption. (See previous posts on Ombudsman inquiry into Traffic fines)
The City Council maintains detailed records of internal catering costs but refuse to publish them. Likewise details of costs of the Council’s vehicle fleet are maintained but the City Council refuses to include these costs in the Councillors expense statements. This under values the true costs of the City administration and brings the Councils financial and quality of it’s audit into question. Most of the problems are solely due to the policy of the City Councils Governance department headed by Linda Weatherspoon and sanctioned by the CEO and the elected Council.
Linda Weatherspoon continues to misuse and abuse of the FOI process is concern. The policy and administration of the City Council governance department should be subject of further review by the State Ombudsman in the coming months ( Stay tuned).
$400,000 council globetrot
Jen Kelly, city editor
02may06

LORD Mayor John So and the city council splurged more than $400,000 on 34 overseas and 70 interstate junkets in the past year, new documents reveal.

The costliest was a $23,225 three-week trip for an executive to attend sister-city celebrations in Boston and a biotech conference in Philadelphia.

Ratepayers also footed an $8374 bill to fly in three Play School presenters for the Moomba parade and three entertainers for the Queen’s Baton Relay in March.

Reports on the council’s website at the weekend show the 12-month bill up to March is almost $408,000, with further costs to be finalised.

Spin-doctor Hayden Cock, who is believed to earn more than $200,000, enjoyed his first ratepayer-funded trip less than four months into his job.

Mr Cock was appointed to improve council’s image with ratepayers after a series of scandals, several centred on Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer.

Mr Cock’s two-day trip to Sydney to attend a “managing reputation risk” conference in March cost ratepayers almost $3500 for air fares and the conference fee alone.

The corporate affairs director’s accommodation bill is yet to emerge.

The nine councillors including Cr So spent $87,465 on travel. City of Melbourne staff, mostly executives, spent the rest.

The bill includes:

$1060 for an arts project officer to go to a NSW conference on “future directions for the pipe organ in Australia”.

$2250 to send design and culture director Rob Adams to Hong Kong for two days to verify production of a material for council building CH2.

$3300 for a council landscape architect to fly to sister city Tianjin in China for a week to ensure project managers had correctly interpreted plans for the Melbourne Children’s Garden. Council is spending $180,000 on the garden.

$15,070 for marketing manager Scott Chapman to attend the World Swimming Championships in Montreal.

$16,163 for Mr Chapman to take a 19-day trip to London and Ireland.

Of the nine councillors, Cr Singer was the most expensive and extensive globetrotter.

His trips to Milan, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Perth and Canberra cost ratepayers $36,563.

The second biggest spender among the councillors was Cr So, whose $23,771 in travel included San Francisco, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Beijing, his birthplace Hong Kong, and Adelaide.

City of Melbourne chief executive officer David Pitchford defended the spending, saying travel was undertaken when necessary in order for council officers to fulfil their duties and when it was for the benefit for the city.

Publication of Council’s travel costs and expenses under valuedCall for further review by the State Ombudsman Department

The Herald Sun, following the updated publication of Melbourne Travel Register and Councillor expenses.
Missing from the published expenses is the costs associated with the Lord Mayors and Deputy Lord Mayors Council funded Limousines and the costs associated with internal catering.
The City Council administration continues to avoid full disclosure of Council’s costs. City of Melbourne’s Linda Weatherspoon has still not responded to our request for information and details of costs.
The published statements are false and not a true or accurate statement of costs. The Travel register is maintained on an electronic white Bord, contains not proper record identification which leaves it wide open to misuse and abuse with records able to be be removed , deleted or amended without any proper audit trail or accountability. (The Council has still failed to account for 10,000’s of dollars of expenses that mysteriously have never been included on the published statements.)
This comes as no surprise as the Council is never held to account by the elected representatives. WHY? because they also have their hands in the cookie jar and are implicated and as such have adopted a policy of avoidance.
The Council’s continued refusal to provide open and transparent governance leaves the City Council wide open to continued corruption. (See previous posts on Ombudsman inquiry into Traffic fines)
The City Council maintains detailed records of internal catering costs but refuse to publish them. Likewise details of costs of the Council’s vehicle fleet are maintained but the City Council refuses to include these costs in the Councillors expense statements. This under values the true costs of the City administration and brings the Councils financial and quality of it’s audit into question. Most of the problems are solely due to the policy of the City Councils Governance department headed by Linda Weatherspoon and sanctioned by the CEO and the elected Council.
Linda Weatherspoon continues to misuse and abuse of the FOI process is concern. The policy and administration of the City Council governance department should be subject of further review by the State Ombudsman in the coming months ( Stay tuned).
$400,000 council globetrot
Jen Kelly, city editor
02may06

LORD Mayor John So and the city council splurged more than $400,000 on 34 overseas and 70 interstate junkets in the past year, new documents reveal.

The costliest was a $23,225 three-week trip for an executive to attend sister-city celebrations in Boston and a biotech conference in Philadelphia.

Ratepayers also footed an $8374 bill to fly in three Play School presenters for the Moomba parade and three entertainers for the Queen’s Baton Relay in March.

Reports on the council’s website at the weekend show the 12-month bill up to March is almost $408,000, with further costs to be finalised.

Spin-doctor Hayden Cock, who is believed to earn more than $200,000, enjoyed his first ratepayer-funded trip less than four months into his job.

Mr Cock was appointed to improve council’s image with ratepayers after a series of scandals, several centred on Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer.

Mr Cock’s two-day trip to Sydney to attend a “managing reputation risk” conference in March cost ratepayers almost $3500 for air fares and the conference fee alone.

The corporate affairs director’s accommodation bill is yet to emerge.

The nine councillors including Cr So spent $87,465 on travel. City of Melbourne staff, mostly executives, spent the rest.

The bill includes:

$1060 for an arts project officer to go to a NSW conference on “future directions for the pipe organ in Australia”.

$2250 to send design and culture director Rob Adams to Hong Kong for two days to verify production of a material for council building CH2.

$3300 for a council landscape architect to fly to sister city Tianjin in China for a week to ensure project managers had correctly interpreted plans for the Melbourne Children’s Garden. Council is spending $180,000 on the garden.

$15,070 for marketing manager Scott Chapman to attend the World Swimming Championships in Montreal.

$16,163 for Mr Chapman to take a 19-day trip to London and Ireland.

Of the nine councillors, Cr Singer was the most expensive and extensive globetrotter.

His trips to Milan, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Perth and Canberra cost ratepayers $36,563.

The second biggest spender among the councillors was Cr So, whose $23,771 in travel included San Francisco, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Beijing, his birthplace Hong Kong, and Adelaide.

City of Melbourne chief executive officer David Pitchford defended the spending, saying travel was undertaken when necessary in order for council officers to fulfil their duties and when it was for the benefit for the city.

Melbourne City Councillor expenses December 2004 to March 31, 2006

Melbourne City Council Expenses – January 1 to March 31, 2006 Source Link

Cr John So Cr Garry Singer Cr Catherine Ng Cr David Wilson Cs Carl Jetter Cr Fraser Brindley Cr Brian Shanahan Cr Fiona Snedden Cr Peter Clark Total
1 Jan to 31 Mar 2006
1 Conferences, Functions $ $ $ $ $ 304,55 $ 823,45 $ 171,82 $ 201,57 $ $ 1 501,39
2 Training and Development $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 700,00 $ $ 700,00
3 Travel – Local $ $ 156,61 $ 294,80 $ 300,96 $ 2 811,69 $ 200,25 $ 418,74 $ 1 218,43 $ $ 5 401,48
4 Travel – Interstate $ 1 040,10 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 243,64 $ $ 1 283,74
5 Travel – Overseas $ $ $ $ $ $ 1 068,14 $ $ $ 1 068,14
6 Communication – Local $ 637,68 $ 1 351,63 $ 660,74 $ 591,14 $ 596,21 $ 571,03 $ 461,82 $ 610,79 $ 1 275,34 $ 6 756,38
7 Communication – Interstate $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
8 Communication – Overseas $ 43,97 $ $ 369,80 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 413,77
9 Functions External to Town Hall $ $ $ 359,47 $ $ 544,10 $ $ $ $ $ 903,57
10 Child Care $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 2 548,70 $ $ 2 548,70
Total Expenses $ 1 721,75 $ 1 508,24 $ 1 684,81 $ 892,10 $ 4 256,55 $ 2 662,87 $ 1 052,38 $ 5 523,13 $ 1 275,34 $ 20 577,17
Note: Published Data is dodgy indicating that the figuars may have been doctored. The published Total for the Lord Mayor does not add up to the detailed expenses.
Published data shows the Lord Mayor with a total of 1684.81 (under valued)

Missing costs associated with Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayors Limousine; Costs associated with Internal Catering and Free Booze.

Note: Councillors with the execption of Greens Councillor Frazer Brindley did not travel overseas durring this period. The Costs associated with the City of Mlebourne Commonwealth Games are also not included in these expense statements.

Melbourne City Council Expenses – December 2004 to March 31, 2006 (consolidated)
Also Missing costs associated with Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayors Limousine; Costs associated with Internal Catering and Free Booze.
Cr John So Cr Garry Singer Cr Catherine Ng Cr David Wilson Cs Carl Jetter Cr Fraser Brindley Cr Brian Shanahan Cr Fiona Snedden Cr Peter Clark Total
Total to Date Dec 2, 2004 to December 31, 2004
1 Conferences, Functions $ $ 2 872,65 $ 1 220,00 $ 887,96 $ 2 849,25 $ 823,45 $ 595,45 $ 1 400,65 $ 154,55 $ 10 803,96
2 Training and Development $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 700,00 $ $ 700,00
3 Travel – Local $ 20,00 $ 783,26 $ 1 747,26 $ 1 289,70 $ 8 298,70 $ 1 301,00 $ 1 517,57 $ 4 315,05 $ 56,09 $ 19 328,63
4 Travel – Interstate $ 2 114,34 $ 4 198,02 $ $ $ $ $ $ 621,72 $ $ 6 934,08
5 Travel – Overseas $ 21 689,49 $29 270,51 $ $ $ 7 347,59 $ 1 068,14 $ 7 112,60 $ 9 183,94 $ $ 75 672,27
6 Communication – Local $ 3 917,23 $ 6 126,20 $ 4 652,01 $ 2 152,00 $ 1 884,54 $ 1 995,91 $ 2 048,01 $ 2 904,66 $ 6 514,89 $ 32 195,45
7 Communication – Interstate $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
8 Communication – Overseas $ 2 049,78 $ 563,19 $ 928,33 $ $ 348,41 $ $ 439,12 $ 185,47 $ $ 4 514,30
9 Functions External to Town Hall $ $ 98,87 $ 1 059,95 $ $ 1 743,55 $ $ $ 243,68 $ $ 3 146,05
10 Child Care $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 9 384,10 $ $ 9 384,10
Total Expenses $ 29 790,84 $43 912,70 $ 9 607,55 $ 4 329,66 $22 472,04 $ 5 188,50 $11 712,75 $28 939,27 $ 6 725,53 $ 162 678,84

Melbourne City Councillor expenses December 2004 to March 31, 2006

Melbourne City Council Expenses – January 1 to March 31, 2006 Source Link

Cr John So Cr Garry Singer Cr Catherine Ng Cr David Wilson Cs Carl Jetter Cr Fraser Brindley Cr Brian Shanahan Cr Fiona Snedden Cr Peter Clark Total
1 Jan to 31 Mar 2006
1 Conferences, Functions $ $ $ $ $ 304,55 $ 823,45 $ 171,82 $ 201,57 $ $ 1 501,39
2 Training and Development $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 700,00 $ $ 700,00
3 Travel – Local $ $ 156,61 $ 294,80 $ 300,96 $ 2 811,69 $ 200,25 $ 418,74 $ 1 218,43 $ $ 5 401,48
4 Travel – Interstate $ 1 040,10 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 243,64 $ $ 1 283,74
5 Travel – Overseas $ $ $ $ $ $ 1 068,14 $ $ $ 1 068,14
6 Communication – Local $ 637,68 $ 1 351,63 $ 660,74 $ 591,14 $ 596,21 $ 571,03 $ 461,82 $ 610,79 $ 1 275,34 $ 6 756,38
7 Communication – Interstate $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
8 Communication – Overseas $ 43,97 $ $ 369,80 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 413,77
9 Functions External to Town Hall $ $ $ 359,47 $ $ 544,10 $ $ $ $ $ 903,57
10 Child Care $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 2 548,70 $ $ 2 548,70
Total Expenses $ 1 721,75 $ 1 508,24 $ 1 684,81 $ 892,10 $ 4 256,55 $ 2 662,87 $ 1 052,38 $ 5 523,13 $ 1 275,34 $ 20 577,17
Note: Published Data is dodgy indicating that the figuars may have been doctored. The published Total for the Lord Mayor does not add up to the detailed expenses.
Published data shows the Lord Mayor with a total of 1684.81 (under valued)

Missing costs associated with Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayors Limousine; Costs associated with Internal Catering and Free Booze.

Note: Councillors with the execption of Greens Councillor Frazer Brindley did not travel overseas durring this period. The Costs associated with the City of Mlebourne Commonwealth Games are also not included in these expense statements.

Melbourne City Council Expenses – December 2004 to March 31, 2006 (consolidated)
Also Missing costs associated with Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayors Limousine; Costs associated with Internal Catering and Free Booze.
Cr John So Cr Garry Singer Cr Catherine Ng Cr David Wilson Cs Carl Jetter Cr Fraser Brindley Cr Brian Shanahan Cr Fiona Snedden Cr Peter Clark Total
Total to Date Dec 2, 2004 to December 31, 2004
1 Conferences, Functions $ $ 2 872,65 $ 1 220,00 $ 887,96 $ 2 849,25 $ 823,45 $ 595,45 $ 1 400,65 $ 154,55 $ 10 803,96
2 Training and Development $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 700,00 $ $ 700,00
3 Travel – Local $ 20,00 $ 783,26 $ 1 747,26 $ 1 289,70 $ 8 298,70 $ 1 301,00 $ 1 517,57 $ 4 315,05 $ 56,09 $ 19 328,63
4 Travel – Interstate $ 2 114,34 $ 4 198,02 $ $ $ $ $ $ 621,72 $ $ 6 934,08
5 Travel – Overseas $ 21 689,49 $29 270,51 $ $ $ 7 347,59 $ 1 068,14 $ 7 112,60 $ 9 183,94 $ $ 75 672,27
6 Communication – Local $ 3 917,23 $ 6 126,20 $ 4 652,01 $ 2 152,00 $ 1 884,54 $ 1 995,91 $ 2 048,01 $ 2 904,66 $ 6 514,89 $ 32 195,45
7 Communication – Interstate $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
8 Communication – Overseas $ 2 049,78 $ 563,19 $ 928,33 $ $ 348,41 $ $ 439,12 $ 185,47 $ $ 4 514,30
9 Functions External to Town Hall $ $ 98,87 $ 1 059,95 $ $ 1 743,55 $ $ $ 243,68 $ $ 3 146,05
10 Child Care $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 9 384,10 $ $ 9 384,10
Total Expenses $ 29 790,84 $43 912,70 $ 9 607,55 $ 4 329,66 $22 472,04 $ 5 188,50 $11 712,75 $28 939,27 $ 6 725,53 $ 162 678,84