Labor frontbenchers are losing patience with federal MP Michael Danby over repeated corrections he has made to his register of interests this week after it was revealed he went to Israel for speaking engagements while claiming to be too ill to attend parliament.

Mr Danby has lodged three separate alterations to his parliamentary register to declare sponsored travel and other previously undisclosed interests since The Australian reported on Monday that he flew to Israel and Geneva in September last year for a busy round of scheduled conferences.

Changes are meant to be lodged within 28 days of occurring, and knowingly providing false information risks referral for contempt of parliament.

The Israel trip caused dismay in Labor ranks because Mr Danby had submitted a medical certificate stating he was unfit for parliamentary duties for a period that was later found to coincide with his travel.

Bill Shorten has so far deflected media questions about Mr Danby’s unsanctioned trip since The Australian’s first report on the subject.

 

Read the full article by Brad Norington at The Australian (subscription only).

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