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by October 29, 2016 General

He doesn’t know the cost of the petrol used to ferry his dogs in his taxpayer-funded ministerial car, but more than $113,000 has come out of the public purse to pay for Steve Herbert’s travel.

Victoria’s corrections minister was forced to apologise for using his car to chauffeur pooches Patch and Ted more than 120km between his homes in Parkdale and Trentham while he was at work.

The beleaguered MP also had to update his register of interests to declare ownership of the home in Trentham, his principal place of residence, after questions were raised about it.

A search of government documents shows Mr Herbert, also the training and international education minister, has been on four overseas trips with a staff member since April last year.

A 13-day trip to Brazil, Colombia and Peru in April and May last year for an “education mission” cost almost $39,000, according to the report filed by Mr Herbert.

A June-July jaunt this year to China to “build government to government relations and promote the interests of Victoria’s education sector” cost $30,344.

In May and June last year, a Malaysia and Singapore visit cost $23,000 while a tour of Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia to also “build government to government relations and promote the capacity of Victoria’s education sector” cost $20,908.

Mr Herbert defended the travel to Fairfax Media, saying in a statement his portfolio involved significant international partnerships.

© AAP 2016

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