Speaker Bronwyn Bishop has charged taxpayers almost $90,000 for a two-week European trip partly aimed at securing her a plum new job. this is only a small fraction of the cost of maintaining this particularly divisive figure in the manner in which she is accustomed.
“Joe Hockey is dead right. It doesn’t pass the “sniff test”. Or the pub test. Or the common sense test. If Bronwyn Bishop can’t provide an adequate explanation for chartering a helicopter to fly from Melbourne to Geelong to attend a Liberal Party fundraiser in November, she should step down as Speaker ” writes Michael Gordon, Political Editor of The Age
And it appears that most of the readers of The Age agree with Gordon’s sentiments
She has offered to pay back $5000 which was the cost of hiring a helicopter to fly from Melbourne to Geelong to attend a Liberal party fundraiser. But this is chicken shit compared with the extravagance of the rest of her expenses.
Peter Slipper lost his job for less. So should Bronwyn Bishop.