Julie Bishop: when is a partner not a partner?
Julie Bishop claimed $32,000 in taxpayers’ money for “family” travel by her long-term partner but did not declare his financial interests because she claims he is not her spouse.
Julie Bishop says she was not obliged to disclose the financial interests of her partner David Panton on the parliamentary register because he is not her “spouse” or de facto partner. This means that details of his business interests and property holdings are not disclosed.
According to The Age and SMH, because Mr Panton is not listed as a spouse, Ms Bishop has never declared any complimentary travel, hospitality or flight upgrades he may have received while accompanying her around Australia or on missions abroad.