Australians love a scandal, and Speaker Bronwyn Bishop’s expenses scandal – which began when it was revealed that she taken a $5227 helicopter charter flight from Melbourne to Geelong to attend a Liberal Party fundraiser – is no exception.
Referred to as “Choppergate”, the scandal has since expanded to include allegations of two more similar charter flights and a $90,000 fortnight in Europe, were she was seeking another job, during which Mrs Bishop charged taxpayers nearly $1,000 a day to travel in luxurious private limousines, and $4,000 for phones and calls.
The internet has continued to lampoon her, even though Mrs Bishop agreed to repay the cost of the charter flight (what about the other flights), plus a $1,300 penalty, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott declaring on Monday that Mrs Bishop has been put “on probation”. What exactly does that mean?
A full review of Mrs Bishop’s expenses is long overdue.
Here’s how the internet saw her behaviour.