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Minister in doghouse over failure to declare holiday home

Steve Herbert dogs
Steven Herbert was unable to produce full logs of the trips taken by his dogs. Photo: AAP
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A Victorian MP chastised for using a taxpayer-funded car to ferry his dogs between his homes has also failed to declare one of his houses they were going to.

Corrections Minister Steve Herbert has repeatedly apologised for using the car to chauffeur his dogs Patch and Ted more than 120km between his homes in Parkdale and Trentham while he was at work.

Mr Herbert blamed his “tough job” for his error in judgment.

But he again came under fire following reports he had not declared his Trentham property on the parliamentary register of interests.

Late on Thursday, Mr Herbert confirmed he had updated his register of interests to include the house in Trentham.

“I own a block of land and a house in Trentham, which is my principal place of residence,” he said in a statement to AAP.

“Living in my electorate is important to me.”

On the most recent register of interest, tabled two weeks ago, Mr Herbert declared a block of land in Trentham, but not a house.

He also declared an investment property in East Melbourne, 50 per cent ownership of a house in Parkdale and 69 acres (27.9ha) in Yinnar South.

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