More Chump effect from our national leaders.
Hot on the heals of the news that:
(Matthias) 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.
Comes the news of the cost of this diamond class junket:
An RAAF jet, which reports say costs $4000 for every hour it is used, remains on standby for the former finance minister. He has already racked up 20,000 kilometres in the RAAF Dassault 7X.
Oh and by the way:
If his bid were successful, Mr Cormann would earn a tax-free salary of $383,000.
This would almost certainly be on top of his parliamentary superannuation.
Good thing the RBA is printing money hand over fist. Imagine a fiscally constrained government.