Sloppy expense claiming no big deal, says WA health minister
Having lost his tourism portfolio earlier in the week after admitting he wrongly claimed an MP's allowance for staying at his home in Perth several times totalling $1013, Dr Hames was forced to admit on Thursday he had discovered more discrepancies.
But Dr Hames, a former GP who also remains the state's deputy premier, said he did not think the public would care about more bookkeeping errors.
"What we found is that there are some more where I have got it wrong but there are lots of... nights where I could have claimed but didn't," Dr Hames said.
"Now, I'm not going to worry about those, because frankly I don't think, well, I don't care about them and I'm sure the public didn't care."
Dr Hames was also asked to respond to senior medical figures calling for more beds to be included in the construction of Perth's new multibillion-dollar children's hospital, and on the performance of existing major hospitals.
Data from the National