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These Quotes Prove "Choppergate" Is All Fairly Hypocritical

It's almost like we've heard it all before.

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As prime minister Tony Abbott again stood by speaker Bronwyn Bishop over the "Choppergate" scandal, Fairfax Media reported Labor were planning to "blast her out of the chair".

Despite this being an extremely unsavory choice of phrase, it means the heat on the independent speaker's expense reports will continue for several more weeks.

Abbott's steadfast support for Bishop and Labor's condemnation got us thinking about the similarities between this current situation and the long, drawn out scandal that plagued former speaker Peter Slipper and the Gillard government.

Under the former Labor government, Julia Gillard defended Peter Slipper as he was plagued by sexual harassment allegations and was eventually found guilty of misusing $900 of cabcharges.

In contrast Bishop has been found to have caught a $5,000 chopper trip between Melbourne and Geelong and has agreed to pay back the money.

So if we gave you a snappy quote, would you be able to tell whether it was about Bronwyn Bishop or Peter Slipper?

Let's find out...

  1. 1. "It is very important that the prime minister act swiftly to require the speaker to step aside."

    Bronwyn Bishop
    Bronwyn Bishop
    Peter Slipper
    Peter Slipper
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was about Peter Slipper!

    Opposition leader Tony Abbott called for prime minister Julia Gillard to sack Peter Slipper in August, 2012.

    It was about Peter Slipper!
    ABC News
  2. 2. "(This) arrogant misuse of taxpayer funds needs to be held to account"

    Bronwyn Bishop
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    Bronwyn Bishop
    Peter Slipper
    ABC News
    Peter Slipper
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was about Bronwyn Bishop!

    Opposition leader Bill Shorten called Bishop's helicopter use "arrogant" and referred the speaker to the AFP in July, 2015.

    It was about Bronwyn Bishop!
    ABC News
  3. 3. "I can’t underestimate the seriousness of this. The Speaker is required to maintain parliamentary standards and yet there are now these extremely serious allegations against the Speaker."

    Bronwyn Bishop
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    Bronwyn Bishop
    Peter Slipper
    Peter Slipper
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was about Peter Slipper!

    Opposition leader Tony Abbott really gave it to Peter Slipper back in April, 2012.

    It was about Peter Slipper!
    ABC News
  4. 4. "The erosion of (the party's) moral core now has a public face."

    Bronwyn Bishop
    Bronwyn Bishop
    Peter Slipper
    Peter Slipper
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was about Peter Slipper!

    Leader of Opposition Business Christopher Pyne unloaded on Labor during the Slipper scandal. He said Labor had lost it's "moral core" for standing by the speaker.

    It was about Peter Slipper!
  5. 5. "If there has been a lie put on a form that has criminal consequences, I think we all know you can’t remain Speaker."

    Bronwyn Bishop
    Getty Images
    Bronwyn Bishop
    Peter Slipper
    Peter Slipper
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's about Bronwyn Bishop!

    Leader of Opposition Business Tony Burke said Bishop paying back the money was not enough... and referred her to the AFP.

    It's about Bronwyn Bishop!
    ABC News

These Quotes Prove "Choppergate" Is All Fairly Hypocritical

Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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