Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull wants MPs to have an expenses app

Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull during House of Representatives question time at Parliament House. Photo: Stefan Postles/ Getty.

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for a smartphone app to help MPs effectively manage their expenses.

This morning on Sky News, Turnbull said an app would bring the parliamentary entitlements system up to speed with the rest of the digital economy.

He said if members of parliament could immediately enter their expenses, as they were incurred them, it would be more accurate and save money and paperwork.

“[It is] very much in the last century,” he said referring to the current system used by Australian politicians.

Turnbull joined prime minister Tony Abbott in welcoming a review into the parliamentary entitlements system.

The senior MPs’ comments follow the resignation of Speaker Bronwyn Bishop yesterday.

Bishop’s resignation comes after weeks of mounting scrutiny over her expenses, including a helicopter ride from Melbourne to Geelong.

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