The Labor MP who spent $12,000 taking his family to Uluru wants his expenses reviewed

Photo: Tony Burke/ Facebook.

Shadow minister for finance and manager of Opposition business Tony Burke has asked the Finance Department to review his use of parliamentary travel entitlements.

His request follows the revelations that the then-environment minister charged taxpayers more than $12,000 for trip to Uluru in 2012.

He has also been criticised for using a Comcar to attend a Robbie Williams event last year – charging taxpayers the $90 fee – which he has since agreed to pay back.

“I don’t want there to be any argument whatsoever where somebody claims that I’m not willing to be held to the exact same standard as anyone else,” he said.

“While I am completely confident that the questions, in particular, relating to Uluru and Cairns have been 100% within the rules, they have also been completely beyond community expectations.”

This morning prime minister Tony Abbott defended Burke saying party fundraisers are a way to learn about the country and the economy, which is an important part of Burke’s job.

He said, “the issue is the system”, rather those claiming the entitlements.

But Tony Burke says there is still no truce between the Government and Opposition over the MPs expenses war.

Now read: Labor MP Tony Burke went to a Robbie Williams concert on taxpayer money.

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