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