The tax payer's guide to Liberal waste


Ceremony is part of Government, but the Liberals’ and Nationals’ parties have a life of their own.

They love canapes, champagne and cigars, but Waste Watch has discovered at least 16 instances where Abbott / Turnbull Government Ministers hosted extravagant parties and sent the bill to the taxpayer – to the tune of $15.4 million dollars.

Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey put at least $13 million on the table for G20 parties – including $324,000 for an actual table.

Speaking of tables, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s farewell saw a $1,000 Italian marble coffee table smashed to pieces.

The Budget Emergency didn’t stop Joe Hockey throwing his own Budget night parties – he spent $20,000 all up on the soirees during his two year stint as Treasurer.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop takes a tour each year with foreign ambassadors at an average cost of $55,000 per day.

Like a real rock star, she always makes sure her entourage is on the guest list – even when they make up a quarter of the room at a $350 a head dinner.

Julie Bishop makes sure her furry friends are always headliners, she’s spent more than $130,000 on koalas alone!

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann spent half a million on a harbour cruise and cocktails for an ACCC Conference.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce spent $11,000 over four days hoeing down grog and grub with his cowboy friends.

And former Industry Minister Ian McFarlane spent $45,000 on a one-day conference today at a luxury Mexican resort.

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