Tony Abbott upset after his $120,000 travel bill leaks

Tony Abbott arrives in Mackay.
Tony Abbott arrives in Mackay.

TONY Abbott has accused his Liberal colleagues of an "insider hatchet job" after it was revealed his extensive travel had cost taxpayers more than $120,000 last year.

The former prime minister defended his travel and questioned why he was "singled out for attention with the implication that I was somehow ripping off the taxpayer".

The Herald Sun revealed on Tuesday Mr Abbott spent almost $74,000 on domestic flights last year, nearly double the average of all MPs, as he spent more than nine weeks jetsetting outside his Sydney electorate.

In a letter to the Herald Sun, Mr Abbott said it was "hardly surprising" he would spend more than his colleagues given he is a "a busy former prime minister".

He accused other Liberal MPs of launching an anonymous hit on him and said: "Is it any wonder the government has trouble getting its message across when its members play these sorts of nasty games?"

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