Travelling and flying overseas is one of the many things you have to do if you’re the Prime Minister since you have to go foster relationships with other countries and what not. But having said that, Scott Morrison’s travel expenses for all his trips during his tenure as PM is mindboggling in how much it has all cost us, with his cheapest day trip costing more than an overpriced engineering uni degree.
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According to Freedom of Information documents obtained by SBS, Scott Morrison has racked up more than $3 million in international flights, accommodation, and other associated travel expenses in only his first 15 months of being our PM.
Not only has Scotty From Marketing been on more overseas trips during his first year in office than each of his predecessors, his 17 international trips to 19 nations during his first 15 months have cost us $3,105,537 in taxpayer dollars. A spokesperson for the PM says that there were also “additional trips to the usual Prime Ministerial schedule” and didn’t include the cost of journos who went along with Scotty on his trips.
Now it must be noted that all this travelling took place before the COVID-19 pandemic struck and it’s not clear where all his ill-timed holidays fits into all this. But still, there’s no other way to look at all of Scotty’s travel expenses other than:
Perhaps the most eye-catching tidbit of Scott Morrison’s international travel expenses is the cost of his most expensive trip and his cheapest day trip.
Scotty’s most expensive trip was during a state visit to the U.S., which cost over $500K, including nearly $330K in Royal Australian Air Force flights. By comparison, his cheapest trip was a quick one-day visit to Jacinda Ardern in Auckland, which cost “only” $41,154. That’s the equivalent of a uni degree or two.
In response to this huge bill paid for by taxpayers, a spokesperson for Scott Morrison says, “Every trip the Prime Minister makes is to advance Australia’s interests strengthening our trading relationships and strengthening our national security.”
Now since the COVID-19 pandemic has made international travel impossible, Scotty has had to hold meetings with world leaders over Zoom. However, Michael Shoebridge from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says that all those international trips has helped foster relationships with world leaders and made virtual summits “far more effective.”
Still though, a $3 million travel bill in just 15 months.
These travel expenses haven’t gone unnoticed by other pollies in Canberra. Labor Senator Tim Ayres tells SBS, “Most Australians will see these travel expenses as very large and won’t understand how it is that a Prime Minister could spend this amount on travel in just fifteen months.”
“This Prime Minister and his friends in the government were very critical of previous Labor Prime Ministers who spent much less travelling around the world putting Australia’s interest first.”
With another big U.S. trip on the cards, Scott Morrison’s $3 million travel is only going to get higher. But hey, it’s all in the name of international relations, right?
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