Embattled federal MP Sussan Ley will stand down as health minister amid a string of scandals surrounding her use of numerous taxpayer-funded trips.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull initiated an investigation into Ms Ley’s travel claims on Monday after it was revealed she bought a $795,000 investment property on the Gold Coast while on a work trip in 2015.
Ms Ley admitted her actions ‘failed the pub test’, with her role set to be taken over by Arthur Sinodinos, who himself faced a monetary investigation in 2014.
‘I expect the highest standards from my ministers in all aspects of their conduct, and especially the expenditure of public money,’ Mr Turnbull said in a statement.
‘The minister has agreed to stand aside without ministerial pay until this investigation is completed by the Secretary.’
The announcement came after Ms Ley apologised for buying the ocean-view apartment on impulse in May 2015 during an official ministerial trip to the beach city.
She caved in to mounting pressure to step aside on Monday morning, after it was revealed she claimed travel costs to the Gold Coast for New Year’s Eve celebrations two years in a row.
Ms Ley told reporters she travelled to the Gold Coast for the celebrations at the request of a prominent Queensland businesswoman.
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