PRIME Minister Tony Abbott is facing pressure from within his own party over his handling of the Bronwyn Bishop expenses saga.
Liberal MPs believe the damage had already been done long before the saga entered its third week and Ms Bishop's subsequent resignation at the weekend.
Ms Bishop was forced to resign from the highly-coveted speaker position after details of her extravagant travel claims were laid bare - including charging taxpayers $5000 for a chartered helicopter flight between Geelong and Melbourne to attend a party fundraiser.
Ms Bishop was also outed charging taxpayers for flights to attend the weddings of two Liberal colleagues, along with more than $100,000 in limousine travel after she snubbed using government fleet cars.
Focus will now shift to finding a replacement speaker with the Liberal Party set to convene this week to discuss possible candidates.
Possible candidates include Queensland MP Bruce Scott, who announced his retirement from politics on Monday, and party elder Philip Ruddock.
Other names also being mooted for the role include Liberal MPs Russell Broadbent, Jane Prentice and Sharman Stone.
Defence Minister Kevin Andrews ruled himself out of the race on Monday despite being named as a potential candidate.
Do you accept Bronwyn Bishop's apology?
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Yes. And it's time to move on
No. She is still not resigning
No. And they need to change the rules
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Mr Scott, who is the current deputy speaker, will fill the role when parliament resumes next week until a replacement is found.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Labor would support Mr Scott being elevated to the role because he was sufficiently un-partisan and un-rancorous.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a wide-ranging review into politicians' entitlements at the weekend following Ms Bishop's resignation.
He said the system needed fundamental reform so the public could be confident taxpayer money is not being abused.
Political advocacy group GetUp has called for an end to the age of entitlement and called on politicians to end the frivolous spending of taxpayer money.
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