Posted: 2:00 pm on 15th April 2014

champagneThe Australian taxpayer is getting pretty good at throwing dinner parties.

Their most recent hootenanny to come to light is the banquet dinner at Luna Park to be thrown for the young men and women of that illustrious body, the Y20.

The banquet dinner will set the taxpayer back more than $14,000.

This is on top of the nearly $11,000 the taxpayer has already coughed up for those same delegates to dine at the exclusive Star Room, in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

And, of course, all these dinner parties are on top of the nearly $200,000 accommodation bill that the taxpayer will foot for these young jet-setters.

Apparently, the key themes for the Y20 summit are growth and job creation, global citizenship, and sustainable development. Ho hum.

However, one of Australia’s delegates emphasised a slightly different theme, trying to drum up attendance for a recent Y20 Q&A event in Canberra. “Want some direct democracy, free food and entertainment?” she tweeted.

Free food?

The delegate may not get full marks for literal accuracy (admittedly, “taxpayer-funded food” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it), but at least she seems to have nailed the real concerns of today’s youth.

Your tax dollars at work!

William Shrubb, Research Assistant

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