The Member for Hammond has resigned from his position as Whip in the SA House Assembly over his use of the Country Members’ Accommodation Allowance.
Premier Steven Marshall has told Adelaide media this afternoon that Adrian Pederick has decided to step down from the position but will continue to be a member of parliament, representing the electorate of Hammond.
It follows scrutiny from opposition MP Tom Koutsantonis who called for Adrian Pederick to be sacked from the role on Thursday after several of his colleagues stepped down after admitting to incorrectly claiming the allowance.
The allowance, which is worth up to $234 per night, is available to MPs in regional areas who have to stay in Adelaide overnight for work and pay for accommodation to do so.
A State Parliament record shows Mr Pederick, from Coomandook, had claimed the maximum allowances each over the past decade, but four days after the ABC published a story which sparked the current scandal on July 2, he amended the claims, removing Christmas and Boxing Day claims from 2011 and Christmas Day claims from 2012, totally $645.
This afternoon Mr Pederick released the following statement:
This morning I advised the Premier that I have stepped aside from my role as Government Whip in the House of Assembly.
I am confident I comply with the country members guidelines.
However, out of an abundance of caution, and given the pressure that has been placed on my family, I have decided to step aside as Government Whip.
I will continue to represent the people of Hammond in the South Australian Parliament, and will continue to be a passionate advocate for people living in regional South Australia.
This doesn't pass the pub test.— SA Labor (@alpsa) July 22, 2020
How can Liberal Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick justify claiming the Country Members’ Accommodation Allowance for staying in Adelaide on Christmas Day?
What Parliamentary duties did he have on Christmas day to justify this? pic.twitter.com/kw7tUB2Qvo
Photo of Adrian Pederick supplied