Bishop critic facing new questions over Uluru trip


GOVERNMENT frontbencher Eric Abetz says Labor's chief Lower House strategist Tony Burke should be considering his own position, after questions were raised about his travel expenses claims.

The Coalition is searching for a new speaker after Bronwyn Bishop resigned over her use of taxpayer-funded entitlements.

Mr Burke was one of Mrs Bishop's most vocal critics, focusing on her decision to spend thousands of dollars on a helicopter trip to a Liberal party fundraiser.

Department of Finance records show in April 2012, while he was environment minister, Mr Burke made a four-day return trip from Sydney to Uluru in Central Australia and claimed his own flight worth $2,181.43 plus four "family traveller" airfares worth $8,656.48.

Mr Burke also charged taxpayers for travel allowances worth $1,497, and $463.74 for a hire car. The total cost to taxpayers for the trip was $12,707.65.

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