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Sukkar uses taxpayer budget to employ friend who also designed smear sheets – The Age

Michael Sukkar was a groomsman at graphic designer Matt Pham’s wedding and gave him a taxpayer-funded job while he worked full-time elsewhere.



An electorate office budget can be used to pay for mailouts to local residents and to assist a minister to conduct parliamentary business. The budget cannot be used to pay for party political activity.
Emails sent by Mr Pham reveal that he was used by Mr Sukkar’s office to design flyers to solicit political donations for the Liberal Party’s Deakin 200 Club in early February 2017. Taxpayer funds are not meant to be used to pay for any work done to facilitate donations for a political party.

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