What can one expect from Christmas drinks at Bronwyn Bishop’s house? While there was less collateral damage in marble coffee tables than at a Tony Abbott post-coup party, the former speaker still had some surprises up her sleeve for guests at her Newport home Tuesday evening when she announced she would be contesting her seat of Mackellar at the next election.

Bishop said she felt she had now been exonerated from the infamous "choppergate" travel expenses scandal, and that the “threat of terrorism” had compelled her to seek another three years in the House of Representatives.