Tony Burke facing questions over $12k Uluru trip

Tony Burke facing questions over $12k Uluru trip

Senior Labor frontbencher Tony Burke is coming under fire from the Federal Government, after questions have been raised about his use of parliamentary travel entitlements.

Department of Finance records have revealed Mr Burke used more than $12,000 dollars of tax payer money for a four day trip to Uluru with his family in 2012, while he was Environment Minister.

He has also admitted to repaying parliamentary entitlements 15 times over the last five tears.

It comes after Speaker of the House Bronwyn Bishop has resigned this week over her use of parliamentary entitlements.

Mr Burke was one of the most vocal critics of Mrs Bishop during Parliament,  and led pushed by Labor for her to resign.

Government Frontbencher Eric Abetz says Mr Burke should be considering his position as Manager of Opposition Business.

“We have a review being undertaken as we speak, and let me just say on that I find it strange that the chief spear-thrower for the Labor Party was Mr Burke, who had to repay not once, not twice, not three times, not even 10 times, but 15 times,” he said.

“I believe that Mr Burke should be considering his position given his record in relation to that area.”

Mr Burke has released a statement this morning, saying the allegations have only emerged because he publicly declared them in accordance with parliamentary entitlement rules which are now being reviewed.

“There is no allegation that I have broken any of the rules at any point,” he said.

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