Australian Politics – You Pay, 113 Diplomats Fly Home To Julie

Posted on Wed 03/01/2017 by


Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

The Australian Government led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is nearly $500 billion in debt.

Yet it still finds money, in this age of teleconferencing, for this:

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop will take the unprecedented step of recalling more than 100 of Australia’s senior diplomats in a bid to shape the Turnbull government’s foreign policy

A total of 113 ambassadors, high commissioners and consuls-general will return for three days next month in an Australian first, according to Fairfax Media.

It’s estimated the meeting will cost almost $1.2 million, mostly in international flights and accommodation.

There is no way 113 diplomats will all have a finger in drafting the government’s foreign policy. Nor is it likely that they will all get to speak at the two-day meeting.

I was not much impressed by the Foreign Minister’s excuse:

“There is no new money required and I believe it’s a very efficient and effective way of hearing from them on their experiences, observations, their real-time experiences,” she told reporters in Canberra this morning.

“No new money” required? But what of the money actually being spent? That could have been returned to taxpayers, right? Or used to pay off the debt.

And isn’t the government trying to cut our emissions?

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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