Gala lunch of lobster and truffles that Malcolm Turnbull enjoyed to showcase Australian trade and investment in China cost the taxpayer $500,000
A gala lunch in China in which Malcolm Turnbull gave the keynote speech cost taxpayers more than $500,000.
The meal, which was attended by some of China’s rich and powerful, was held in Shanghai to showcase Australian trade and investment opportunities.
But Government tender documents show the Australia Week in China lunch cost at least $518,603, The Age reports.
Taxpayers shelled out at least $284,962 for catering and venue hire; and $233,641 for a Chinese company to organise and run the event.
A day later taxpayers picked up the bill for a second lunch, which included lobster salad with truffle shavings, Angus striploin steak and expensive Australian wines.
It was hosted by Trade Minister Steve Ciobo.
‘AWIC 2016 will help position Australian companies to take maximum advantage of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement,’ the spokesperson said.
Mr Turnbull visited Shanghai before heading to Beijing where he met China’s Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping.
He discussed Australia’s key positions on trade, investment and regional security.