Federal MPs Ann Sudmalis and Jenny Macklin (pictured) will spend three months in New York on a secondment to the United Nations ahead of their impending retirements from Parliament - something Conservative Senator Cory Bernardi says don't pass the pub test.
Ms Sudmalis was offered the jaunt after announcing this week that she would be leaving politics at the next election, sensationally accusing a Liberal state MP of "bullying, betrayal and backstabbing" and adding to her party's woes over internal hostilities and low female representation.
Ms Macklin, an influential figure in the Labor Party, announced earlier this year that she would be retiring after more than two decades in Parliament, a stint that included frontbench positions in the Rudd and Gillard governments.
Senator Bernardi has told Andrew Bolt on Sky News the selection of those two is a little odd.
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