Abbott visits cancer ward to avoid travel costs

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is under fire after saying he had to visit a cancer centre so he could bill taxpayers for the trip.

After arriving late to a meeting on Tuesday, he told MPs he had to pop into a Melbourne cancer ward so he could use it as an excuse not to pay for his travel expenses. 

Mr Abbott was in the city for a "private function" – understood to be a fundraising event for the Liberal Party – held the night before.

But his party says all Prime Ministers have done it – they just haven't been so upfront in admitting it.

In other news from across the ditch, a young pilot is being praised for landing his plane safely after being attacked by his passenger, and an X Factor judge has been judged himself.

Watch the video for these stories and more from 3 News Australian correspondent Tom McRae.

source: newshub archive