Bronwyn Bishop says she will pay back Geelong flight cost

SPEAKER Bronwyn Bishop will repay the money she charged taxpayers for a 90-kilometre helicopter ride to a Liberal fundraiser last year.

Mrs Bishop's six-monthly report to the Finance Department revealed she made a return trip in November, estimated at about 90 kilometres, between Melbourne and Geelong at a cost of $5,227.27 to the taxpayer.

Earlier today Treasurer Joe Hockey conceded the helicopter trip to a political fundraiser did not pass the "sniff test" and called on Mrs Bishop to provide an explanation.

READ MORE: 

Sorry Joe, but MPs' spending doesn't pass sniff test

Bronwyn Bishop spends $5,000 on 80km charter flight

She released a short statement this afternoon confirming she would pay for the flight herself.

"I have today written to the Special Minister of State indicating I will reimburse the Department of Finance the costs associated with the use of my charter allowance on 5 November 2014," the statement said.

Read more at ABC News



Coffs Harbour to host Telstra SAP Country Gala Day

Coffs Harbour to host Telstra SAP Country Gala Day

SAP Country Gala Day to be held at the Stadium on Sunday.

Film focuses on human face of finding a home

Film focuses on human face of finding a home

Three films produced for Affordable Housing forum in Bellingen

Emergency services on scene in Woolgoolga

Emergency services on scene in Woolgoolga

Car accident in Beach Street, Woolgoolga.

Local Partners