Koutsantonis ’hid’ lavish lunch costs: Lucas

Opposition government accountability spokesman Tom Koutsantonis said the expenses were incurred from gifts to dignitaries and business lunches. Photograph: Image AAP/Mark Brake

Treasurer Rob Lucas has accused his predecessor, who is now Opposition govt accountability spokesman, of knowingly attempting to conceal the lunch and booze bills.

But Mr Koutsantonis has vowed it all can be accounted for as gifts to dignitaries or business lunches. And he promises the Liberals have some solution booze receipts unaccounted for.

A 795-page information dump of receipts and credit rating cards statements – from March 2014 to March 2018 – asked for by the Liberals was built out there by means of the Treasury web site on Thursday.

The files record Mr Koutsantonis’s lunches, like a meal at Lou-ca’s Seafood cafe, costing $856, like $247 in alcoholic beverages, several lunches at Georges on Waymouth well worth much more than $300 every and a further at the Hilton’s Coal Cellar and Grill that value $220.

Mr Lucas explained Mr Koutsantonis’s business office experienced govt credit rating cards and disclosed some investing on lunches and dinners but did not disclose real receipts that showed how significantly was staying put in on alcoholic beverages.

He explained 1 lunch at Georges on Waymouth for $2282 included much more than $five hundred of alcoholic beverages, like $58 for a The Pawn Wine Co Chardonnay and $360 on eight bottles of Mother’s Milk Shiraz.

Mr Koutsantonis explained that lunch was for 22 people today, like Nyrstar reps on the eve of a $290m offer for the Port Pirie guide smelter.

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He explained other business lunches included friends from the Australian Lodges Association, London-based mostly Agent-Common Bill Muirhead, News Corp journalists and state leaders.

Mr Lucas explained Mr Koutsantonis wanted to reveal the obtain of high priced wine, like eight bottles of Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2012 and a $sixty two bottle of Moet.

Mr Koutsantonis explained all the wine buys have been gifts for viewing dignitaries and investors in South Australia, chosen for the reason that they showcased SA wines.

“None of the bottles bought by my business office have been for any other function than gifts,” he explained.

Penfolds wines went to many people today, like reps of the Hellenic Presidential Guard, a retiring general public servant and business leaders from overseas.