So, for those of you not in Australia, let me keep it brief. She's a conservative politician who has been a prominent figure in the Liberal party (Australia's Conservative party) whose had a high profile since the nineties.
In addition to that high powered blonde spatula do, she's as tough as nails and even unleashed her daughter onto TV audiences during the nineties (Angela Bishop was an entertainment reporter back in the days when nothing but entertainment tonight ever mattered).
Since the unfortunate ascent to power of Liberal Tony Abbott to the Prime Minister's office, Bronwyn Bishop has once again been in the spotlight. She serves as the speaker in the parliament and is known for her bias in a role that otherwise demands fairness.
Travel distances in Australia are famously long. It takes eight or nine hours to drive from Melbourne to Sydney or fifteen or sixteen hours to head from Melbourne o Brisbane for example.
Bronwyn, who was attending a Liberal party event/fund raiser, needed to travel. From Melbourne to Geelong (a coastal city that comes as a distant 2nd to Melbourne as the biggest urban centre in the state of Victoria). It's about an hour by car.
But Bronwyn is an important woman with needs and a lifestyle that go beyond those of her constituents. In all her wisdom, she decided she needed to make that journey not by car, but by helicopter. And then charge it to the tax payer ($5,000 seems to be the going rate).
We've seen lesser infractions of personal judgement and expense rorting lead to pollies being booted. And the Liberal party, who in its current incarnation and from its time in opposition has claimed more than its share of scalps, is under immense public pressure right now to fire Bishop (who racked up $800,000 in expenses last year).
Her latest dodgy claims add yet more fuel to a fire started by other members of the government that suggest it is out of touch with voters (and when it comes to the divide between the haves and have nots is beyond salvation).
But the bright side? The memes that have been popping up suggesting just how out of touch many perceive the very partisan Bishop to be: they're trending and getting a hell of a rise from the general public who are fed up with this kind of nonsense from its pollies.