By Emma Younger
A previous Liberal MP invested four years making use of their electorate allowance to finance trips and activity for females he met down a matchmaking site for appealing girls and “wealthy benefactors” who have been “generous and successful”, the state’s corruption watchdog has found.
Former Liberal MP Phil Edman. Credit: Twitter/@bellis16
Phil Edman, who destroyed their chair in State Parliament’s top household in the final election, was at March swept up in a scandal centering on a Corruption and Crime Commission report into previous WA trade commissioner to Japan Craig Peacock, alleging Mr Peacock utilized federal federal government resources to prepare for Mr Edman and another Liberal MP to see a Tokyo brothel.
Tuesday’s fresh CCC interim report into misconduct dangers for MP electorate allowances detailed Mr Edman’s usage of electorate allowances from 2013-2017, as an incident research in exactly exactly how $7.5 million a 12 months expected to assist state MPs provide their electorates had been unaccountable, unaudited and at the mercy of misconduct risk that is serious.
The report discovered Mr Edman came across females utilizing compensated membership website arrangement that is seeking. One told the Commission ladies went on the website looking for a person who may help them away financially.
The report discovered Mr Edman covered costly resort hotels, company course routes and meals of these women away from his allowance that is electoral told examiners these trips had been work associated, despite making only token efforts to really make the trips appear work-related.