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Anning ‘justified in using taxpayer funds to go to far-right rallies’

Former senator Fraser Anning did not misuse taxpayer funds to travel to far-right rallies, a review that asked him to repay $1500 for several expenses infractions has found.

The Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority report comes as two former staffers confirmed Mr Anning remains in the United States while Bendigo Bank pursues him over a $185,000 debt related to a failed agribusiness investment.

Former senator Fraser Anning has been cleared of misusing taxpayer funds to attend far-right rallies.

Former senator Fraser Anning has been cleared of misusing taxpayer funds to attend far-right rallies.Credit:AAP

The review, first obtained by researcher William Summers under freedom of information laws, revealed that the parliamentary expenses watchdog questioned Mr Anning about his attendance at a far-right rally hosted at Melbourne’s St Kilda beach, ultimately determining that his travel was fair because he was representing his constituents’ concerns.

“Senator Anning showed IPEA various documents from Queensland-based constituents and others who raised concerns regarding ethnic-based violence occurring in Queensland, immigration, employment and the moving of refugees to remote towns,” the report says.

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