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Premier’s departments billed taxpayers $60,000 for booze last year

“Alcohol is only provided at functions hosted by entities within the ministerial portfolio where it is deemed appropriate to the circumstances,” Ms Palaszczuk said in response to an LNP question on notice.

Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said the amount of taxpayer money spent on booze meant Labor “can’t be trusted with the state’s finances”.

“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.

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

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet hosted 20 functions last year with a total alcohol cost of $14,909.

The Office of the Governor held 60 functions with $16,042 spent on alcohol, while Screen Queensland hosted six events where $6219 was spent on alcohol.

Trade and Investment Queensland held 13 functions, with a total expense for alcohol of $22,768.

The Public Service Commission, the Queensland Audit Office and the Queensland Integrity Commissioner did not hold any functions at which alcohol was served.

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