South-west MPs declare racing hospitality on the Register of Members Interests 

AIRLINE lounge memberships and sponsored hospitality have been listed on the Register of Members Interests for the south-west’s two federal MPs.

While not as extensive as billionaire MP Clive Palmer’s entry, Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson and Wannon MP Dan Tehan have declared a variety of interests.

Ms Henderson holds shareholdings in 14 different public and private companies, including her former employer News Corporation, National Australia Bank and Fairfax Media (publisher of The Standard).

The Corangamite MP also enjoyed hospitality to the value of more than $300 at the AFL Grand Final and Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival, provided by the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Ms Henderson was listed as a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club, Victoria Racing Club and Irrewarra-Beeac Football Club, while husband and state MP Simon Ramsay was listed as a member of the exclusive Australia Club. The couple are listed as jointly owning a home in Barwon Heads, while Mr Ramsay owns properties in Birregurra and nearby Ombersley.

Mr Tehan was listed as owning a Maindample farm,  while his wife had a range of investment properties in Warrnambool, Queanbeyan, Melbourne suburb Kew and Sydney suburb Willoughby.

The Wannon MP enjoyed hospitality at Melbourne’s Derby Day provided by insurance firm CGU, as well as Melbourne Cup Day supplied by Emirates airline.

In the gifts valued at more than $750 category, both south-west MPs have Foxtel subscription at their electorate offices, as well as chairman’s lounge membership through Qantas. Airline club memberships are held by the vast majority of the House of Representative’s 150 members.

Other notable inclusions on the Register of Members Interests include former treasurer Wayne Swan’s book advance payment from publishers Allen and Unwin, Speaker Bronwyn Bishop’s ballet tickets and David Jones store card, as well as new Fairfax MP Clive Palmer’s listing that declares a stake in more than 100 companies worldwide.

All parliamentarians are required to disclose their business interests, including directorships, shareholdings, real estate and bank accounts.

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