Australia Speaker Bronwyn Bishop Quits over Expenses

Australia Speaker Bronwyn Bishop quits over expenses

The speaker of the lower house of the Australian parliament, Bronwyn Bishop, has resigned over an expenses scandal.

Ms Bishop, an ally of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, had used AU$5,000 (£2,300) in public funds to charter a helicopter to attend a political fundraiser.

She also claimed expenses for attending colleagues’ weddings. Mr Abbott said Ms Bishop’s resignation was the right decision to take.

He announced that the parliamentary expenses system would now be reviewed.

Mr Abbott has himself had to pay back money spent on travel in the past.

Ms Bishop has apologised and is paying back the helicopter costs but had, until Sunday, resisted calls to resign.