Senator Barnaby Joyce addresses media outside the Rockhampton Hospital with LNP candidate for Capricornia Michelle Landry and Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd.
Senator Barnaby Joyce addresses media outside the Rockhampton Hospital with LNP candidate for Capricornia Michelle Landry and Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd. Kathleen Calderwood

PM okay with Joyce’s flight

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has defended Barnaby Joyce's right to spend $4000 on a charter helicopter to get around his electorate.

The Deputy PM used a chopper to get to Drake - a 40-minute drive from his office in Tenterfield and four hours from his Tamworth office - twice in the past 12 months.

"His electorate is I think 66,000 square kilometres," Mr Turnbull said.

"The travel, if he had gone by road, would have been I think about four hours or a bit more each way, so members of Parliament who had large electorates like that - in fact, the allowance cuts in at a smaller size electorate than Barnaby's - have a charter allowance and that is what he was using."

"The aerial option for him was a helicopter or a very, very long car drive."



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