Around the contributors to SOS-NEWS I suggested that we conduct a prediction of just how much taxpayer money NSW Minister for Finance and Infrastructure Joe Tripodi would spend on his laughable overseas 27 day junket under the guise of business.
No one was within a bulls roar of the figure released $290,000, which is the greatest spending spree by any minister or premier in the history of the NSW Labor Party.
The purpose of the “TRIP –odi” was to find potential buyers in South East Asia, China, Japan , Korea, the Middle East, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States for NSW Government electricity assets, including the three retailers Energy Australia, Integral Energy and Country Energy.
The entourage of “FREE LOADERS” consisted of, his chief of staff Jennifer Doherty as well as Treasury secretary Michael Shur and deputy secretary Kevin Cosgriff, three advisers from private financial firms Frontier Economics, Lazard Carnegie Wylie and Credit Suisse.
The dissection of spending available suggest $169,000 on flights, $48,000 for road and rail expenses, $70,000 accommodation and meals with $3,000 worth of miscellaneous costs.
That is $41,428.00 per person of the seven strong junket with the question pondering – who financed the financiers on this “TRIP –odi” as taxpayers funded bureaucrats wages?
What are not available are results of the “TRIP – odi” 30 meetings over eight countries including Europe, I guess this must still be with the spin doctors and media mammals compiling instructions for mainstream media as what to publish