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Julie Bishop under fire for attending glam polo event

The expenses scandal deepens

Julie Bishop has come under fire for attending a polo event at taxpayers’ expense.

The Foreign Affairs Minister billed taxpayers $2716 to attend the Portsea Polo in Victoria last January.

She is the latest politician to face scrutiny over taxpayer-funded travel following claims that Health Minister Sussan Ley flew to the Gold Coast on a taxpayer-funded trip, and bought an $800,000 apartment.

The Portsea Polo is an annual event held on the Mornington Penninsula that attracts a fashionable crowd of celebrities, socialites and influencers.

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Last year, The AFR described The Foreign Affairs Minister as “the star attraction” in the VIP marquee. 

Ms Bishop spent $2177 on flights from Perth to Melbourne via Sydney, as well as $416 for car travel and a further $123 for the MPs’ standard travel allowance, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. 

One Nation’s Pauline Hanson has argued today that MPs who make false claims should be fined, according to

Ms Bishop’s office was contacted for comment.

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