Former NSW premier Kristina Keneally has hit back at Premier Barry O'Farrell for being "inconsistent" in his treatment of her by denying her the use of a state car.
An email leaked to The Sun-Herald showed Ms Keneally was denied the use of a state car and driver to charity events, becoming the first premier since 1965 to be stripped of entitlements.
Use of the car would have been in addition to her electorate allowance of just over $30,000.
Mr O'Farrell has said premiers should serve a minimum of five years before receiving state-funded entitlements, but did not apply this to John Fahey, Nick Greiner or Nathan Rees - who all served less than five years in the top job.
"As a principle, and no matter [what] your view is on entitlements for former office holders, it is reasonable to expect that all former premiers are treated consistently," Ms Keneally told smh.com.au today.
Ms Keneally said that it was wrong of Mr O'Farrell to suggest to Sky's Agenda program that she should use her electorate allowance to attend charity events.
Mr O'Farrell told Sky yesterday: "Ms Keneally is asking for more than the $30,000 in allowances that she's been provided for these sorts of things already."
The 2011 determination from the NSW Parliamentary Remuneration Tribunal states: "A Member may use any form of transport within Australia subject to the requirement that the transport was used for Parliamentary or electorate duties."
Ms Keneally told smh.com.au she would abide by the ruling of the tribunal, and would continue to meet her appointments with charities such as the Stillbirth Foundation.
"I abide by the ruling of the Parliamentary Remuneration Tribunal, and use the allowances it provides for the running of the Heffron electorate office for just that: for the benefit of the people of Heffron," Ms Keneally said.
"I'm surprised the Premier is suggesting that I should contravene the PRT and use this allowance for purposes for which it is not provided.
"Nonetheless, the Premier's decision to apply former Premier entitlements inconsistently will not deter me from undertaking work for a range of charitable organisations and causes, including Opportunity International, the NSW Cancer Survivors Centre and the Stillbirth Foundation. I'm quite pleased to be able to use my profile as a former premier to support and promote great organisations who are doing such important work."
A spokesman for Mr O'Farrell said Ms Keneally's reading of the Parliamentary Remuneration Tribunal determination was incorrect.
"The determination states parliamentary and electorate duties. Attending a charity event would fall under parliamentary duties," he said.
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