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Queensland premier’s departments spent almost $60k on booze last year

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The departments and agencies of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk spent almost $60,000 on alcohol in the last financial year, new figures reveal.

The departments and agencies of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk spent almost $60,000 on alcohol in the last financial year, new figures reveal.

Ms Palaszczuk has defended the spending, which equates to more than $1000 a week, while the Opposition claims it's a sign Labor can't be trusted with the state's finances.

The figures showed that $59,938 was spent on alcohol at 99 government functions from July 2019 until June 2020, the Brisbane Times reports.

Almost $60,000 in taxpayer's money was spent on alcohol by the premier's departments last year.

In response to a parliamentary question on notice about the spending, Ms Palaszczuk said: "Alcohol is only provided at functions hosted by entities within the ministerial portfolio where it is deemed appropriate to the circumstances."

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Ms Palaszczuk said the money was used to buy beer and wine to offer "foreign dignitaries" and at events to help connect "Queensland sellers with overseas buyers or to connect potential overseas investors with Queensland project opportunities".

The Office of the Governor held 60 functions over the 12 months from July 2019 until June 2020, racking up a total alcohol bill of $16,042.

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet hosted 20 functions during the same period, spending $14,909 on alcohol.

Screen Queensland splashed out $6219 on alcohol, while Trade and Investment Queensland's bill was $22,768.

Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said the amount of taxpayer money spent on booze by the Labor government was far too high.

"It's unacceptable almost $60,000 has been blown on alcohol by agencies under Annastacia Palaszczuk's control while Queensland was in the midst of a recession," he said.

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"A record 234,000 Queenslanders out of work and the worst unemployment rate in the nation is nothing to toast."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-politics-premiers-departments-spent-more-than-1000-a-week-on-alcohol/713ae825-ecb9-4aff-ac7f-4f02c8ac67bb

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