Foreign Minister and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, Julie Bishop has come under scrutiny for using her travel allowance to attend the annual European Purging Festival.
The Purging Festival dates back to the early 1500’s where noble families would parade the poor and homeless at which they would throw spoiled food.
Bishop charged the tax payer over $10,000 to fly herself and partner to the festival where she also took the opportunity to purchase a castle in the south of France.
The Foreign Minister’s office released a statement late on Friday stating that she had attended the festival “as Foreign Minister and a guest of the Marquis De Sade foundation… …the castle purchase had been unplanned and was a whim.”
The Purging Festival has become increasingly controversial in recent years since it became the inspiration for the franchise films of the same name. In the films the festival has graduated to become a night where the rule of law is suspended and murder is legalised.
The ex-speaker of the house, Bronwyn Bishop, who resigned during the “chopper-gate” entitlement rorting scandal of 2015 has been a regular of the festival over the years and took to social media to defend her one time colleague.
“The Purging Festival is something all good (wealthy [sic]) people must experience. The power one feels has sustained me thus this last 150 years. I call on the west to fulfil its promise and Purge the way it is now described foretold in the motion pictures! All must Purge!! ”
Julie Bishop responded on Twitter saying that “The film version of the Purge Festival is not current govt policy and they have no intention of enacting a night legalised murder of the lower classes, at this stage”