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Helena Carr travels with her husband on his official visits

Hmm Well its nice to have the wife along on trips occasionally but all of the time while on the taxpayer’s dollar? Maybe Bob has gone too far on this one. Maybe we should call or roving foreign minister Bob “two seats” Carr, one very expensive seat on the Security Council and one expensive seat in the plane for his wife…
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  1. Craig says:

    Mail order Bride?

  2. Richard Ryan says:

    Careful——big brother is watching?

  3. Brian says:

    Mail order Bride?

    That’s the same jibe that got John Brogden into trouble, after which he tried to top himself.

    Wives travelling with politicians is an ongoing rort, it’s nothing new. How many times did the limpet, Janette Howard, go to the US or UK with little Johnny? If it were up to me, I’d ban it outright. If they want to travel with their husbands/wives, they pay for it.

  4. Iain Hall says:

    Well Brian I would not be quite as austere as you are suggesting however I do think that a spouse travelling on every overseas trip is rather excessive. When it comes to the PM though when we are talking about the government Jet it is hardly substantial cost in fuel to take a spouse or partner along, likewise accommodation is not going to cost that much more either. In Carr’s case he is taking commercial aircraft so the extra expense is, in real terms, probably more than its cost for Janette to accompany John Howard

  5. GD says:

    Let’s call this for what it is, snouts in the trough.

    At his age, there is no way Bob Carr will get to have another bite at the government teat, other than his NSW Premier’s lifetime pension, so of course he’s grabbing every bit of largesse from his ‘parachuted in’, unelected appointment as Foreign Minister.

    Taking wifey on tour is a huge misuse of funds. But what does Bob care?

    Bob must be laughing for having fooled the Gillard government into thinking he was an important Labor member worth representing them overseas.

    Bring on the election.

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