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WA Ombudsman defends spending hundreds of dollars on chauffeur-driven trips of two kilometres

WA’s Ombudsman has defended spending almost $550 for two chauffeur-driven car trips, totalling just over two kilometres while on a trip to Rome, saying he “wanted something he could rely on”.

He also said he plans to continue to travel in his role as president of an international body, despite his overseas trips coming under the scrutiny of the Corruption and Crime Commission.

The CCC has been conducting a public examination of spending by Ombudsman Chris Field’s office, and how it relates to his role as president of the International Ombudsman Institute.

Chris Field’s spending on overseas travel is under the microscope.(ABC News: David Weber)

According to its website, the institute is the “only global organisation for the cooperation of more than 200 independent Ombudsman institutions from more than 100 countries”.

The inquiry began last month and Mr Field is facing a second batch of hearings in an inquiry into allegations he corruptly used his position to obtain a benefit.