TONY Abbott racked up a travel bill which cost taxpayers more than $120,000 last year as he spent more than nine weeks jetsetting outside his Sydney electorate.

The Herald Sun can reveal he spent almost $74,000 on domestic flights, nearly double the average of all MPs, and more than several ministers and shadow ministers.

He claimed travel allowances worth $24,311 for 65 nights away from Warringah, on Sydney's north shore, for trips listed as "former prime minister - official business".

This included election campaign appearances with conservative allies including Victorians Kevin Andrews and Michael Sukkar, Andrew Hastie in Perth, senior minister Peter Dutton in Brisbane and ACT senator Zed Seselja.

Read more at the Herald Sun

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, that his predecessor and intra-party rival Abbott had once been too drunk to vote in Parliament, an incident that's been a poorly kept secret in political circles for eight years.
Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, that his predecessor and intra-party rival Abbott had once been too drunk to vote in Parliament, an incident that's been a poorly kept secret in political circles for eight years. AP Photo - Rick Rycroft
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