Julie Bishop digs heels in over $25k shoes
Former foreign minister Julie Bishop was given a pair of Jimmy Choo heels thought to be worth as much as $25,000. Although she declared the shoes on her parliamentary register of interests, the Daily Mail Australia reported that Ms Bishop breached rules requiring her to pay the difference for gifts exceeding $300.
Indigenous artist Peter Farmer said there were only a handful of the shoes with his designs on them in the world. Ms Bishop updated the register in March to say she had been given the shoes by Grand Master Lineage, a Chinese company linked to Mr Choo.
Ms Bishop’s shoes were not declared as over the allowable limit, according to her register of members’ interests. A spokeswoman for Ms Bishop told Daily Mail Australia that the MP had complied with the requirements.