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Scott Morrison's Cheapest Day Trip Cost More Than Your Uni Debt

He's spent millions on travel in less than two years.

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.

Speaking of things you have to do regardless of whether you’re the PM, the GOAT team talks about the importance of wearing a face mask on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

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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While Australia Stays Put, Scott Morrison Is Planning A Big U.S. Trip

Hawaii is also in the U.S.

Going on an overseas trip is pretty much off the cards for the foreseeable future due to this COVID-19 pandemic thing. Unless you’re Scott Morrison, bloke who told us all no holidays outside of Australia, because he’s got big plans for a U.S. trip so he can hang out with his mate Trump at Washington DC as part of the G7 Summit.

Speaking of COVID-19, the GOAT team talks about the importance of wearing a face mask on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Chatting to reporters on Tuesday, Scott Morrison says a trip to the U.S. in September as part of the planned G7 Summit is still on the cards after mentioning it in June, saying how it is in Australia’s best interests to attend due to the “important opportunities” present.

“I intend to visit Washington myself should the G7-plus meeting go ahead. These are important opportunities for Australia. It would be extraordinary if we didn’t seek to attend these meetings.

“Our alliance with the United States is the bedrock of Australia’s defence strategy. So would it be highly irregular for us not to seek to take every opportunity for those meetings to be held face-to-face and I’m very pleased that they are proceeding on that basis.”

Okay, so this isn’t one of Scott Morrison’s usual holidays where he buggers off somewhere (like Hawaii) while leaving Australia at the hands of its Premiers since rubbing shoulders with Trump at Washington DC as part of the G7 Summit is technically working.

Having said that though, one has to wonder why on this green(ish) earth would Scotty From Marketing even consider jetting off to the U.S. at this point in time, regardless of whether it was for a holiday or work.

The United States is currently leading the world in terms of number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, and things definitely don’t seem to be improving either with the Big Orange Baby in the White House repeatedly screwing up America’s response to the pandemic. Hell, in Washington DC alone there are 11,858 positive cases, which is pretty bloody alarming considering the city’s population is only around 700K.

Taking into account the overwhelming amount of flak that Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Foreign Minister Marise Payne got for jetting over to Washington DC as part of the Australian-US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), and the fact that there are genuine concerns COVID-19 may be running rampant among high-ranking Trump officials following confirmation that US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien tested positive for the coronavirus, one wonders how Scott Morrison is still so confident that his September US holiday work trip will go ahead as planned.

It’s just interesting to point out how Scott Morrison was so keen on cancelling a sitting of Federal Parliament due to the COVID-19 pandemic and telling everyone to stay put in Australia, yet he seems to have no qualms taking an overseas trip to the U.S. – i.e the world’s biggest COVID-19 hotspot by some margin.

Apropos of nothing, Hawaii is also part part of the US. Just saying.

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COVID-19 Iso Has Everyone Lusting Over VIC's Chief Health Officer As A Young '90s Fk Boi

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Australia is grappling with a second surge of COVID-19 in VIC as Victorian premier Dan Andrews’ solemn announcements of confirmed cases have become a daily routine for the country. The prospect of COVID-19 forcing everyone back into lockdown and face masks becoming mandatory has got many people’s knees shaking, but not quite as much as a throwback photo of VIC Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton looking like a 90’s fk boi that’s making the rounds on the internet.

Speaking of COVID-19 and Dan Andrews, the GOAT team talk about why everyone needs to wear a face mask on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

For many Aussies, VIC’s Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton, is perhaps best known as the state’s leading health expert and something of Victorian Premier Dan Andrews’ right hand man in this whole COVID-19 thing. On the surface, he’s nothing more than a middle-aged white man who is doing what he can during these difficult times and is radiating some silver fox vibes.

However, that image of Brett has been completely shattered after someone unearthed an old 1997 photo of Sutton looking less like the middle-aged VIC Chief Health Officer of today and more like the unholy fk boi offspring of every 90s grunge band frontman.

To the absolute surprise of no one, the revelation that Brett Sutton was a long-haired 90s lothario combined with the effects of iso has resulted in a lot of people becoming inexplicably horny over VIC’s Chief Health Officer.

For all of Dan Andrews’ efforts in getting people to wear face masks, this resurfaced pic of fk boi Brett Sutton may have undid all his efforts given how people are now taking off their masks so they can hyperventilate over VIC’s Chief Health Officer looking like the bastard love child of Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell.

On one hand, we should probably judge the man on his job performance as Victoria’s leading health expert rather than his 90’s fk boi self and it’s not been great given the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in VIC. But on the other hand, things are so grim right now – especially in Victoria – that we could all use a bit of light-hearted content to get people though these dark times.

It is difficult but possible to be critical of VIC’s leading health expert while also acknowledging him to be a thirst trap once the fog of lust wears off a bit.

It’s been surprisingly tough to get everyone onboard the mandatory face mask thing (especially all the Karens out there) despite overwhelming evidence.

But if there’s one thing that’ll convince people, it’s probably VIC Chief Medical Officer Brett Sutton looking like a fk boi who hasn’t showered in a week and will definitely make you a mix tape of all his favourite songs.

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