Julie Bishop under fire over $30K taxpayer-funded flight

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is under fire this morning after reports she had an empty RAAF jet fly from Canberra to Perth to pick up her and her partner after a charity dinner.

It’s claimed Ms Bishop and her partner David Panton were the only passengers on the $30,000 taxpayer-funded flight to Canberra on October 18.

Ms Bishop represented Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the event for WA Telethon donors but had reportedly completed her official duties the previous day.


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The deputy Liberal Party leader claims she used the jet because there were no commercial flights available late that could get her to Canberra ahead of ministerial meetings the following morning.

Members of the opposition, as well as some of Ms Bishop’s own party members, said the minister should have simply cancelled dinner.

It follows a year of entitlement scandals within Parliament.

Veteran MP Bronwyn Bishop resigned from her role as Speaker of the House of Representatives amid a protracted abuse of entitlements scandal that came to be known as “Choppergate”.

She was heavily criticised for charging taxpayers more than $5000 to hire a helicopter to take her from Melbourne to a fundraiser in Geelong, which is around 80km away.

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Well, at least it wasn’t a helicopter.