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MPs enjoy taxpayer-funded New York trip before retirement

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Ann Sudmalis and Jenny Macklin will spend 12 weeks at the United Nations, and then leave public life. Photos: AAP
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Two of the MPs who are set to quit federal parliament at the next election will first enjoy 12-week postings to the United Nations worth an estimated $50,000.

Former Labor government minister Jenny Macklin is understood to already be in New York for the annual bipartisan secondment.

She is set to be joined by Liberal MP Ann Sudmalis – who recently blasted NSW party members for their bullying and undermining shortly after announcing she would not contest her NSW seat at the next election.

News Corp reports the UN trips are often gifted to MPs in the twilight of their careers. Another Liberal MP, Julia Banks – who has also blamed bullying for her decision to quit her Victorian seat – was apparently also offered the secondment, but turned it down.

The trip traditionally comes with a $20,000 advance for expenses. The bill for flights and accommodation – including three months in a five star Manhattan hotel – is likely to add another $30,000.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has personally signed off on Ms Sudmalis’ trip. Thursday is likely to be her last day in parliament.

Ms Sudmalis told the Nine Network she was “honoured” to accept the role.

“I am passionate about advocating for the rights of women and children in Australia and in developing nations. This opportunity will enable me to see important work achieved by the United Nations first-hand,” she said.

Ms Sudmalis said will “continue to represent my constituents in addition to taking on this role”.

-with agencies