EXCLUSIVE: Taxpayers fork out more than $4,500 for Malcolm Turnbull’s three-course halal dinner with the Afghan president including culturally-sensitive non-alcoholic cider

Sunday, Jul 16th 2017

Taxpayers forked out $4,666.50 for Malcolm Turnbull dinner with Afghan leader

  • Halal dinner included a lamb main course, culturaly sensitive non-alcoholic cider
  • Morning tea for U.S. Vice President Mike Pence cost $737, with just $9 for tea
  • Dinner for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at PM’s harbourside mansion was $1,434
  • Per head, taxpayers spent $172 on Afghanistan, $92 on U.S. and $359 for China 

    Australian taxpayers forked out more than $4,500 so Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull could have a halal dinner with a Muslim world leader complete with non-alcoholic cider.

    The three-course meal with Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at Parliament House in Canberra came with a Tasmanian salmon roulade entree, lamb medallions as the main course and honey and saffron creme brulee with pistachio parfait for dessert.

    The total bill for the April 3 dinner came to $4,666.50, which included flowers and culturally-sensitive non-alcoholic cider.

    The money spent on every dinner guest was almost double the amount allocated for a function less than three weeks later for U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

    Taxpayers footed a dinner bill of $4,242.26 which came to $4,666.50 with the GST included

    The dinner for the Afghan president included non-alcoholic cider and ginger beer

    The dinner for the leader of the terror ravaged Central Asian nation, in a private dining room, entertained 27 people on a Monday night as politicians tuned in to the ABC’s Q&A program.

    The prime minister’s office declined to offer Daily Mail Australia a comment on the diplomatic dinner, a long-standing practice of his Labor and Liberal predecessors.

    However, less than three weeks later Mr Turnbull hosted a much less expensive $737 morning tea for U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, with just $8.80 spent on beverages, namely tea and coffee. 

    Donald Trump’s running mate was entertained at Kirribilli House on Sydney Harbour on April 22 the day before he was taken around the point to Taronga Zoo for a Sunday morning visit. 

    The morning tea for U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was less expensive with just $8.80 spent on beverages with the GST included. The total bill after tax was $737.

    Mr Turnbull’s wife Lucy and the American vice-president’s wife Karen were there for the morning tea, which included lamingtons, ham and egg sandwiches and scones for the second most powerful man from Australia’s biggest defence ally.

    Taxpayers were much more generous when it came to hosting the head of the Chinese government, Li Keqiang on March 24.

    The powerful leader from Australia’s biggest trading partner was entertained at Mr Turnbull’s lavish harbourside mansion at Point Piper, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, with a dinner costing taxpayers $1,434. 

    The Friday night dinner party for the Chinese leader and his wife Madame Cheng Hong was held the night before Mr Turnbull took him to the Sydney Cricket Ground to see the Sydney Swans AFL team play Port Adelaide.

    It included scallops and asparagus on cauliflower puree, roasted fillet of beef with wild mushroom and spinach ragout and poached nectarines and fresh raspberries with mascarpone.

    With Lucy Turnbull the only other diner present, taxpayers were actually footing a bill of $358.58 per person at a lavish home worth an estimated $50 million.

    This was significanly more than the Afghan president’s dinner in Canberra which cost $172.83 for each of the 27 guests.

    The morning tea for U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at Kirribilli House was $92.12 for each of the eight guests, which included the prime minister’s daughter Daisy and her husband James Brown, who has previously tweeted insults about Donald Trump. 

    The dinner for the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang cost taxpayers $1434.30 with the GST included

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *