Saturday 21 Jul 2018 | 09:59 | SYDNEY
Saturday 21 Jul 2018 | 09:59 | SYDNEY

Rudd: We will economise on the beaches!


Fergus Hanson


2 April 2008 14:46

The recent news that our spartan PM will shun the luxuries of five-star hotels and stay instead at Ambassadors’ residences while travelling abroad is an interesting one for the bean counters to analyse. What appears like a selfless sacrifice by the PM to save taxpayers the cost of a hotel room is more likely going to cost us a whole lot more.

I would hazard a guess that Ambassadors faced with the news that the Rudds will be crashing at their place will have a newfound zeal for sprucing up their joints (read expensive). They’ll also need to provide him with a complete office. Well, make that two offices. Prime Ministers don’t travel alone, so Rudd’s team of advisers are still going to need to stay in a hotel, and their need for a full office won’t abate just because the boss has one over at the Ambo’s place. And then there is the issue of cars. Will drivers need to be kept on around the clock just in case the advisers need to duck over and have a confidential word? On top of that, there will be room moves if the Ambassador in question decides to give over the best room to Kev and Therese (costs possibly covered by domestic staff salaries, but not if they are moving bigger items like beds). And with Rudd and his staff in separate locations there will now be even more work involved in Prime Ministerial visits. Is this new plan really such a great idea?