Anthony Albanese took an entourage of 18 staffers and bureaucrats to London for the Queen’s funeral and where they stayed in a $1,200-a-night hotel.
Among the group of flunkies were advisers, protocol officers and no fewer than five communications officers to document his journey and deal with the media.
Documents from the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet revealed exactly who was on board for the September 15-21 journey, which began well before the Sept. 19 funeral.
Among them were nine personal associates of Mr. Albanian and nine DPMC bureaucrats led by First Deputy Secretary Roderick Brazier.
Anthony Albanese took an entourage of 18 staffers and bureaucrats to London for the Queen’s funeral (pictured with his girlfriend Jodi Haydon outside the funeral at Windsor Castle)
Mr Albanese lands at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport with Ms Haydon for another trip to France and Spain in June-July, this time with 25 staff for the ride
DPMC chief of protocol Denise Catt and one of her senior officers arrived on Sept. 11, followed by two communications and IT staff and an advance officer a day later.
The group booked 27 rooms at the Corinthia Hotel near Embankment in London, where a double room costs about $1,200 a night.
Including one room for Mr Albanese and his girlfriend Jodi Haydon, who is left with eight additional rooms that may have been used as offices, or for the 10 ‘everyday Australians’ he took to London.
Among them were 2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott, father of Oatlands crash victims Danny Abdallah and 2022 Senior Australian of the Year Valmai Dempsey.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also stayed in Corinthia and was filmed two days before the funeral singing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody in the lobby.
Mr Albanese also hired a Mercedes S-Class and five Mercedes V-Class cars to explore London during the week-long stay.
The entire entourage, with the exception of the few who arrived early, flew in the prime minister’s private jet, along with some of the leaders of the Pacific Islands whom he gave a lift.
The group booked 27 rooms at the Corinthia Hotel (yellow building) near Embankment in London, where a double room costs about $1,200 per night
Albanian took 10 ‘everyday Australians’ on his plane to London for the Queen’s funeral, including 2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott (front), father Danny Abdallah, father of Oatlands crash victims and 2022 Senior Australian of the Year Valmai Dempsey (behind Alcott)
The newly released documents also listed the entourage for a tour of France and Spain from June to July 5, and a secret visit to Kiev in Ukraine.
This trip had even more staff for the ride, 10 of its own employees, this time including Chief of Staff Tim Gartrell, and 15 DPMC bureaucrats.
The list included no fewer than six protocol officers, two IT staff, several communications staff and Mr Albanese’s ‘head of digital’ and a member of the ‘digital team’.
A much smaller group was traveling to Ukraine, which was also not attended by Ms Haydon due to the security situation.
There were only five staff members – Mr Brazier, the digital team member, an advance officer and two international and national security advisers.
Where the entourage stayed while traveling through the three countries was not mentioned.
Morrison took a similar delegation of 18 staff and bureaucrats on a trip to Singapore, the UK and France on June 10-17 last year.
The staff included the same sort of shivers as Mr Albanese’s travels, along with a ‘G7 Sous Sherpa’.
Mr Albanese and Ms Haydon arrive at Torrejon Air Base for the NATO leaders’ summit in Madrid on June 27
mr. Albanian with Australian Ambassador to NATO Caroline Millar (left) and staff in Madrid ahead of the NATO summit
The largest number of hotel rooms used during the trip was 28 during the Paris stage, although the name of the hotel was removed from the report.
They booked 15 rooms at the Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives, Cornwall, where the G7 summit was held.
Morrison caused great controversy at the time by posing in front of a local pub, the Jamaica Inn, after lunch with his entourage.
The photo infuriated many Australians at a time when borders were closed during the Covid pandemic and citizens were banned from leaving the country without special permission.
“Pleasant to have lunch with the Australian Prime Minister and his more than 20 personal team this weekend,” the pub wrote on Facebook.
Mr Morrison was joined by many of his traveling group on his pub visit, along with staff from the Australian High Commission, based in London.
An image of Scott Morrison standing in front of an English pub has sparked angry accusations of hypocrisy as Australians face another year of travel bans abroad
His office also confirmed that an official photographer and a press secretary were part of the entourage to the UK.
The Prime Minister travels with seven personal staffers, including his senior adviser on national security and international policy, his senior defense adviser, a senior media adviser and photographer to manage traveling media and local media assignments, his executive officer and his program director and promoter. a spokeswoman told the Daily Mail Australia at the time.
Before Covid, Mr Morrison made a trip to Singapore in November 2018 along with 15 employees and booked 21 rooms, including offices, at the Conrad Centennial Hotel, which costs $1,000 per night.
Mr. Albanese’s most recent spending report, which runs only through June 30, lists $3,374 for the trip to France and Spain through July 3, including personnel costs.
Mr Morrison’s expenses list $7,510 in the same category for his trip to Italy and the UK for the COP26 climate summit and a G20 meeting on September 20-26 last year.
Albanian was in Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, hoping to mend a relationship strained by the previous government.
The Prime Minister also made a brief stopover in Dubai to meet Australian military personnel stationed in the Middle East
Albanian was in Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, hoping to mend a relationship strained by the previous government
President Macron was outraged when former Prime Minister Scott Morrison scrapped a $90 billion deal to buy 12 French submarines in favor of nuclear submarines under the AUKUS agreement signed last September.
He accused Mr Morrison of lying to him about the secret deal and Australia eventually paid French manufacturer Naval Group an $830 million settlement.
The Spanish leg of the trip was for a NATO summit in which Australia did not participate, but Mr Albanese had been invited as part of an Asia-Pacific delegation that also included leaders from Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.
He took the opportunity to conduct bilateral trade talks with Spanish President Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón and to meet with the country’s royal family.
The prime minister also made a brief stopover in Dubai to meet Australian military personnel stationed in the Middle East.