Frances and Tony Abbott.
Frances and Tony Abbott.

Questions raised about PM's daughter's $60,000 scholarship

TONY Abbott's daughter Frances received a "chairman's scholarship" for a $60,000 degree from the Whitehouse Institute of Design.

An Abbott donor sits as chairman on the board of governors at the Institute, the Guardian Australia has reported.

The revelation raises questions for the prime minister over whether the scholarship should have been declared on his interests register.

Frances Abbott undertook a bachelor of design at the Whitehouse Institute of Design in Sydney from 2011 to 2013. 

"Frances definitely was a student with us and received a chairman's scholarship," Leanne Whitehouse, director of the Institute told Guardian Australia.

She declined to detail how many times the "chairman's scholarship" has been awarded previously, but the institute's website makes no references to the scholarship and states the institute "does not currently offer scholarships to gain a place into the Bachelor of Design".

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