Terry Stephens maintains primary residence in Victor Harbor, amid fresh scrutiny

MP responds: Terry Stephens MP says all uses of his chauffeur-driven car were proper and that his primary residence remains in Victor Harbor. Photo: Facebook.

MP responds: Terry Stephens MP says all uses of his chauffeur-driven car were proper and that his primary residence remains in Victor Harbor. Photo: Facebook.

Liberal MP Terry Stephens has denied any improper use of his chauffeur-driven taxpayer-funded car, and said his primary residence has remained in Victor Harbor.

This follows an ABC report, which revealed he made no trips to or from Victor Harbor in this vehicle between mid-February and mid-May, 2020.

Mr Stephens resigned as Legislative Council President in July after his living arrangements came under question during the Country Members Accommodation Allowance scandal.

Mr Stephens told The Times he no longer had access to the chauffeur-driven vehicle, following his resignation as Legislative Council President, but confirmed car logs published by the ABC were accurate.

"I did use it [chauffeur car] when the COVID crisis was calming down and when it was ok to go backwards and forwards to Victor Harbor," Mr Stephens said.

"But not in that initial three month period, when... we were trying to keep people in one location and I was spending a lot of time in Parliament House because I had to.

"Were all uses of this car proper? Absolutely."

Mr Stephens also said his primary residence had "absolutely" remained in Victor Harbor.

In June, Member for Finniss David Basham supported Mr Stephens, telling The Times he believed Mr Stephens had followed regulations in relation to the Country Members Accommodation Allowance.

"I believe he is doing everything correctly and going by the rules," Mr Basham said.

An ICAC investigation into the conduct of a number of Members of Parliament in respect of claims made for the payment of the Country Members Accommodation Allowance is currently ongoing.

Country Members who live more than 75km from Adelaide are eligible to access an allowance of $234 per night, up to a maximum of $31,590 in a 12 month period.

Mr Stephen's residential address is listed in Victor Harbor, while he also maintains a townhouse in Norwood.

Former Transport Minister Stephan Knoll, former Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone and former Trade Minister David Ridgway all resigned from their positions in Premier Steven Marshall's Cabinet in relation to claims made as part of their Country Members Accommodation Allowances.

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