Posted: 9:59 am on 29th August 2014

champagneConference? Holiday? Or both?

With the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Conference at the Gold Coast, WasteWatch can’t quite tell.

The conference will be held over three days from 30 September.

However, $21,970 is being spent on accommodation for some of the conference’s international speakers, and according to the tender that figure covers 13 days, not three.

It is entirely fair for the Bureau of Meteorology to pay for hotel rooms for its conference guests, especially when those guests are coming from overseas to attend.

However, there is no reason for taxpayers to sponsor an extra week and a half at the luxurious Bel Air Broadbeach Resort.

If the Bureau really is paying for 13 nights of accommodation, that would be rather extravagant — especially for a conference so conscious of ‘sustainability.’

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