By Lauren Ferri For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 02:59 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 02:59 BST, 16 September 2020
Annastacia Palaszczuk's government spent almost $60,000 on alcohol in 12 months and a further $528,000 to gauge voter 'sentiment' on her COVID-19 restrictions.
The Queensland Government spent more than $1,000 a week on beer and wine at 99 functions from July 2019 to June 2020, new figures have revealed.
Ms Palaszczuk defended spending the $59,938 on Tuesday when she was asked a parliamentary question about the bill.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's government spent almost $60,000 on alcohol in 12 months and a further $528,000 to gauge voter 'sentiment' on her drastic COVID-19 restrictions
Queenslanders are seen lining up to be tested for Covid-19 at a testing clinic at Ipswich Hospital on August 24
She claimed the beer and wine was offered to 'foreign dignitaries' at events that would help connect 'Queensland sellers with overseas buyers',' The Brisbane Times reported.
'Alcohol is only provided at functions hosted by entities within the ministerial portfolio where it is deemed appropriate to the circumstances,' Ms Palaszczuk said.
Queensland Opposition attacked the spending with Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander saying Labor 'can't be trusted with the state's finances'.
'It's unacceptable almost $60,000 has been blown on alcohol by agencies under Annastacia Palaszczuk's control while Queensland was in the midst of a recession,' he said.
A breakdown of the spending shows the Office of the Queensland Governor spent $16,042 on 60 functions in the financial year.
The Department of the Premier and Cabinet spent