“Today, Bronwyn Bishop has done the right thing by the government and the Australian people,” said the Prime Minister, who has also announced that he will hold a review into parliamentary expenses.
“It’s very important that we have a system which is independent, accountable, transparent and workable,” said Abbott. “Today I announce that there will be a fundamental review of members of Parliament’s entitlements.”
“I want the Australian people to have confidence that their members of Parliament are decent people. It’s become apparent over the last few weeks that the system does need fundamental reform.”
“The system that we have is deficient. There’s a disconnect between what’s within the rules, and what’s within community expectation.”
Abbott added that Bishop regrets her actions, saying that “no-one who saw Bronwyn on television the other day could be under any doubt as to her remorse.”