Bronwyn Bishop under pressure to quit politics from LNP
OUSTED speaker Bronwyn Bishop is under increased pressure from within her own party to quit politics altogether in the wake of her highly publicised expenses scandal.
It would mean the government could face two by-elections in coming months following the death of West Australian MP Don Randall last month.
But Mrs Bishop holds her seat of Mackellar on Sydney's northern beaches with a 19% margin so there is little risk it will fall should a by-election be held.
She was forced to resign from the highly-coveted speaker position at the weekend 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.
Labor's Tony Burke, who was Mrs Bishop's most vocal critic, has also come under fire this week after it was revealed he slugged taxpayers more than $12,000 for a family holiday to Uluru.
The then-environment minister flew his family business class to the Red Centre in 2012 after refusing the cheaper economy class option.
He is also accused of charging taxpayers to travel to a Robbie Williams concert in 2014, but Mr Burke claims it was work-related because he met with the promoter in an official capacity.
Mr Burke said in a statement on Wednesday he had acted within the rule governing expense entitlements.
"My criticism of Bronwyn Bishop was that she had broken the rules," he said.
"There is no allegation that I have broken any of the rules at any point."
Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg rubbished Mr Burke's claims his trip to Uluru and the Robbie Williams concert were work-related.
He said it was obvious Mr Burke was holding government MPs to one standard and himself to another.
"Tony Burke is a hypocrite," he said.
"Next he will tell us he has portfolio responsibilities for shadowing Kim Kardashian."
Independent MP Clive Palmer also called for answers from Mr Burke surrounding his travel claims.
"Do I need to do another #Goodbye video for him too?" he tweeted - referring to the eccentric video he posted last week demanding Mrs Bishop's resignation.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused to be drawn into the latest travel claim controversy.
He told reporters in Adelaide he would expedite a review of MP travel entitlements he announced at the weekend in the hope of making changes before next year's federal election.
- APN NEWSDESK.