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Friday 17 Aug 2018 | 13:43 | SYDNEY

Our jetlagged PM


Sam Roggeveen


21 November 2008 10:48

The ABC reports this morning that, due to an industrial dispute in Tahiti, the PM has been forced to take the long way to Peru for the APEC Conference. And I mean long — a 32 hour journey, 28 of them in the air. Prime Ministers don't fly commercial anymore, but in this case, perhaps he should have. Because as Crikey reminded us last year, the 737 business jets the Air Force uses for these trips are not fitted with beds.

I just spoke with Graeme Dobell, who has flown on one of these planes. He reckons they're pretty comfortable, and a bed can be fashioned out of the reclining seats near the front. But after 32 hours, no reclining seat is going to be all that comfortable, and I'm not sure even our workaholic PM is going to come away from this flight in the best possible shape to serve Australia's interests. And that's not even to mention his staff. Time to upgrade, I think.