As CBD reported, Cormann flew out from Perth on Sunday and will spend the next couple of weeks pressing the flesh in Europe, no doubt ably helped by his old Senate buddy George Brandis, the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Best of luck.
In this same post, TAFKAS asked:
[W]hat’s the bet that travel and entertainment costs will not be borne by the beneficiary but rather by Australian tax payers.
Well. Here’s your answer. 100%:
Cormann, a Liberal Party power broker and Australia’s longest-serving finance minister, left the Senate in October to run for the job and is travelling around Europe on a Royal Australian Air Force Falcon jet to rally support. Europe is central to Cormann’s push as it is home to 26 of the OECD’s 38 member countries. Full membership for the latest entry, Costa Rica, is still in train but they will also have a view on the next secretary-general.
Not even slumming it in first class. Nope. An Australian Airforce Jet with associated flight crew.
Good thing Australia is governed by a fiscally responsible Liberal National Party.
Oh and what is one of the OECD’s favourite projects? To ‘name and shame’ and punish low tax jurisdictions to protect the OECD member oligarchy from tax rate competition.