NEWLY elected Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis will head to Canberra next week to be inducted as a parliamentarian, not that she needs an orientation tour of Parliament House, having worked there for the past four years.
“I certainly know where everything is and how it works,” she said.
Joining her as media representative in a couple of weeks will be well-known local radio identity Adam Straney, who until last Friday was a producer-announcer at Wave FM in Wollongong and before that breakfast announcer at 2ST in Nowra.
For Mrs Sudmalis, it’s been a frustrating few weeks waiting to take up the reins.
“The poll only got declared on September 27 so I couldn’t access the office until then,” she said.
Mrs Sudmalis has managed to stay busy despite the wait, holding impromptu meetings, attending gallery openings, graduation ceremonies and one three-levels-of-government meeting.
For now, she is concentrating on
getting her electorate office up and
“There’s lot of administration to sort out, such as email. When there’s a new member, the system is sanitised and all the records expunged,” she said.
She defended fellow party members who have been caught in the growing expenses scandal.
“People have to make sure their entitlements are legitimate and what’s been happening is not uncommon.”
She said when mistakes were pointed out by others it was important to pay the money back.
“Sometimes when you’re very busy your staff fill out the expenses forms and you sign off on them. That can be done in the heat of the moment.”