Julie Bishop, David Panton: Photos amid family allowance

Family selfies with celebrity chefs, starstruck photos with President and even a front-row seat at the UN General Assembly.

Life with Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop has taken wealthy property developer David Panton a long way from his morning Manly Beach bootcamps. 

But revelations Ms Bishop has claimed $32,000 in taxpayer funded domestic family travel for Mr Panton have raised new questions about politicians and their 'partners'.

Since 2015, West Australian Ms Bishop has claimed the 'family' reunification allowance for Sydney-based Mr Panton.  

He does not have to disclose his financial interests to Parliament as other wives and husbands do because Ms Bishop doesn't classify him as her spouse or de facto.   

Happy New Year! Long-term partners Julie Bishop and property developer David Panton on January 1

Happy New Year! Long-term partners Julie Bishop and property developer David Panton on January 1

Deeply committed: The couple smile for some pictures during New Year's celebrations

Chilling with celebrities: Ms Bishop and Mr Panton, on right, with TV anchor Karl Stefanovic and his partner Jasmine Yarbrough at the Melbourne Cup on November 4, 2017

Chilling with celebrities: Ms Bishop and Mr Panton, on right, with TV anchor Karl Stefanovic and his partner Jasmine Yarbrough at the Melbourne Cup on November 4, 2017

Hanging the leader of the free world: Ms Bishop and Mr Panton with Donald and Melania Trump last year

Hanging the leader of the free world: Ms Bishop and Mr Panton with Donald and Melania last year

On the floor of the UN General Assembly: Mr Panton sparked Labor questions when he appeared with Ms Bishop in New York on September 25, 2015

On the floor of the UN General Assembly: Mr Panton sparked Labor questions when he appeared with Ms Bishop in New York on September 25, 2015

'David Panton is the Minister's nominated person for the purpose of domestic travel,' Ms Bishop's spokeswoman said. 

Ms Bishop's office said she is compliant with the Register of Interests and there is no suggestion of wrongdoing.  

But outrage frothed on social media with users comparing'the rules for politicians to welfare agency Centrelink's enforcement of strict rules on what makes a couple.  

'Imagine, just for one second if Centrelink was looking for proof of your relationship and saw this montage (of pictures of them together),' one Twitter user said. 

Speaking of Mr Panton being 'family' but not her partner, political commentator Peter Van Onselen tweeted: 'Surely it's both or none!'  

Ms Bishop and Mr Panton are clearly deeply committed to each other - going public with their relationship in 2014.

Julie, David and two of his children pose for a picture with celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal

Julie, David and two of his children pose for a picture with celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal

Stepping out: Ms Bishop with Mr Panton at the annual Canberra mid-winter ball in 2016

Stepping out: Ms Bishop with Mr Panton at the annual Canberra mid-winter ball in 2016

Hollywood touch: Ms Bishop, Mr Panton and Nicole Kidman at the G'Day USA Black Tie gala a year ago 

touch: Ms Bishop, Mr Panton and Nicole Kidman at the G'Day USA Black Tie gala a year ago 

Watching the AFL: The couple are seen in West Coast Eagles regalia - with US Vice President Joe Biden in foreground

Watching the AFL: The couple are seen in West

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