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Cory Bernardi's Big Apple adventure, paid for by you. Australian Conservative Senator Cory Bernardi hasn't held back when it comes to criticising his fellow South Australian Sarah Hanson-Young's whale-watching trip in the Great Australian Bight. He's called the $4000 trip with Hanson-Young's daughter “just another example of how out of touch Sarah Hanson-Young is, and why the Australian public is demanding we clean up Canberra”.