Bishop wants en­ti­tle­ments ‘ clar­ity’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

SPEAKER Bron­wyn Bishop has called for greater clar­ity on ex­pense rules af­ter be­ing crit­i­cised for al­legedly claim­ing tax­payer funds dur­ing a trip that took in the wed­ding of for­mer Lib­eral MP So­phie Mirabella.

A spokesman said there should be dis­cus­sion about the fu­ture of en­ti­tle­ments af­ter re­ports she has not paid back $ 600 claimed for flights to three cities in­clud­ing Al­bury, from where she trav­elled to Ms Mirabella’s wed­ding in nearby Wan­garatta.

“If we want to have a dis­cus­sion around how the rules should be changed and how they should work we’d sup­port that,” Mrs Bishop’s spokesman said. “The big­gest is­sue is around the clar­ity of the rules.”

Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott put Mrs Bishop on “pro­ba­tion” this week af­ter rev­e­la­tions about her $ 811,857 ex­pense bill, which in­cludes flights and lav­ish limo trips in Europe. There has also been a $ 5000 he­li­copter flight from Mel­bourne to Gee­long.

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