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Someone really hates Canberra

By asp 20 September 2007 31

Okay, Canberra isn’t the most exciting place in the world. But how much would you spend to get away from it on weekends and when on leave? Probably not $180 000+. Yet our taxpayer funded Mr Peanut dear Prime Minister is spending that much, escaping Canberra for his preferred residence at Kirribilli House in Sydney. Depending on what costs you include, Johnny has spent some $187,550 to as much as $1.6million in 2006 escaping this city on RAAF VIP jets. Had he used Qantas like all his ministers and fellow MPs do, he would have only spent $50,709. Is Canberra really so bad?

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asp 2:30 am 22 Sep 07

Okay, new deal. He gets the SeaSprite and Tiger Helicopters flying and he can keep the jet.

Also, the VIP fleet consists of 3 DeHaviland Challenger jets, These have a pretty tainted safety record given the prototype crashed and burned and there have been several incidents since.
What is it about the ADF and didge aircraft?

Pickle 10:33 pm 21 Sep 07

Pay peanuts attract monkeys, for christs sake at least let the PM (whatever side of politics) play with the expensive toys.

barney 7:18 pm 21 Sep 07

John Howard is an old and sneaky nazi bastard.

asp 6:25 pm 21 Sep 07

Okay, lets let Johnny live in Sydney. That’s his prerogative. But in this age of telecommunications and the internet, why not save him the trouble (and us the expense) of jetting him around. I propose an LCD display be placed at the desk in the House of Reps where he sits with a webcam. You know, one of those iMacs. That way it’s just like he’s really there. And when he needs to speak, Costello can pick Howard up and place him on the dispatch box, therefore demeaning him further and maybe removing the god damn smirk!

Absent Diane 4:36 pm 21 Sep 07

if I were PM I would live in a giant igloo made out of ICE (not the cold stuff). I would name the igloo Where the fck is my hat

astrojax 2:37 pm 21 Sep 07

if i were pm, i’d be living in…. constant fear of being found out i knew nought about politics : )

and a large villa in portugal.

captainwhorebags 8:21 am 21 Sep 07

Well clearly he’s allowed to live where he wants and we foot the bill, because he’s super super important.

I think he’s daft for staying in Sydney when he could just take over some Barrier Reef island and get free flights to and fro whenever needed. After all, he’s the PM.

Thumper 8:12 am 21 Sep 07

FFS, he is the Prime Minister!

dare one say, the most important person in the country, apart from Ricky Ponting.

asp 5:09 pm 20 Sep 07

To my knowledge, the VIP fleet has none of the added security and safety features such as those of Air Force One. If someone wanted to shoot it down with a grenade launcher, he might appreciate the agile handling of a smaller aircraft.
Also, we don’t even own the 737s. They’re leased.

“there are certain risks and responsibilities involved every time the PM travels somewhere.”
Yes, so why take added risks by flying to Sydney for the harbour views.

hingo_VRCalaisV6 4:42 pm 20 Sep 07

Why not an ultra-light? When did Australia turn into the worlds largest congregation of tight-arses?

I see your point, however, we will have these 737’s whether the PM uses them or not. I think letting them sit in a hangar is a waste. The PM getting around in a small prop plane would be a bit of a joke and would be the laughing stock of the world.

I don’t know if you realise, but there are certain risks and responsibilities involved every time the PM travels somewhere. He isn’t exactly Joe Average at Central Station waiting to get the XPT.

asp 4:23 pm 20 Sep 07

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