Foreign Minister Julie Bishop
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Brenda Strong

Julie Bishop under fire for $30,000 jet charter from Perth

FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop cost taxpayers at least $30,000, according to reports,  after having an empty government jet fly from Canberra to Perth to collect her and her boyfriend from a charity event.

News Limited is reporting that Ms Bishop and partner David Panton were the only two passengers on the RAAF Challenger Jet when it flew from Perth to Canberra on October 18.


Ms Bishop told Sydney's Daily Telegraph she opted for the government jet because there were no commercial flights available after the evening dinner, and she needed to be back in Canberra by 7am ahead of Parliament sitting.

An RAAF Challenger 604, pictured in 2004.
An RAAF Challenger 604, pictured in 2004.

The dinner was not part of Ms Bishop's official commitments, which ended when she announced $1.5 million in government funding for West Australian children's charity Telethon.

Questions over Ms Bishop's choice of travel follow the almost unanimous criticism copped by then Speaker Bronwyn Bishop for using a $5000 helicopter charter to travel from Melbourne to Geelong for a Liberal Party fundraiser in 2014.

Then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott supported the embattled Speaker, sending the Coalition's popularity to one of its lowest points since taking power in 2013.