Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop ordered an empty VIP jet to fly from Canberra to Perth to pick her up and her boyfriend from a charity dinner, as reported by the Daily Telegraph.
The two were the only passengers on the overnight flight that flew back to Canberra on October 18. Bishop had been at a private dinner, where she was representing the prime minister, for WA Telethon donors. She said that she flew back in an empty jet, which is believed to have cost $30,000 of taxpayers’ money, because the dinner finished late enough for her to catch a commercial flight that would allow her to arrive in Canberra for a 7 a.m. ministerial meeting, as reported by 9NEWS.com.au.
The jet traveled across the country empty on October 17, leaving Perth the next night and landing in Canberra on October 19. There is no suggestion to say that Bishop was not on official government business.
In July, former minister Bronwyn Bishop used taxpayer funded helicopter from Melbourne to Geelong to attend a Liberal Party fundraiser. Labor MP Tony Burke traveled to a pop concert using taxpayers’ money.