A glossary of big spenders

Julie Bishop

Feb 25, 2016

The Foreign Minister lives like a rock star at taxpayers’ expense.

She took a posse of seven Ministerial staffers and a couple of Liberal mates on a two day tour of Kangaroo Island, spending more than $125,000 on wine tastings, fine foods and koala cuddles.

Similarly, just one state away, she was accompanied by 12 staffers and a series of marsupials for a $145,000 diplomatic tour of Western Australia.

She spent $10,000 on a dinner for Foreign Ministers at the Australia Museum in Sydney, again making sure eight of her staffers were on the guest list to partake in the fine dining experience.

Her fashion diplomacy has seen Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade staff offer up $300,000 worth of cocktails and canape at events, and she spent $133,000 bill to fly a delegation of koalas to live in first class conditions at the Singapore Zoo.

J-Bish may be fluent in Emoji, but her staff aren’t so good with their devices.

Her Department racked up a $45,000 bill to replace lost, stolen and misplaced ICTs.

Rock stars can get away with being fashionably late, but the Foreign Minister’s Department can’t – they forked out more than $20,000 in late fees in a single year.

But of all her accolades, #LibSpill survivor and Foreign Minister J-Bish would no doubt be thrilled to have received the dubious honour of being named the most wasteful Government Minister in 2015, receiving the highly contested ‘Wastie’ award.

She fought off tough competition from her colleagues who did their very best to squander taxpayer funds on chopper rides, smashed coffee tables and fancy parties, but J-Bish took the cake with her rock star antics… all while she ripped $11.3 billion dollars in aid from some of the poorest people in the world.