Downer tops govt Frequent Flyer list

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  1. Mal

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    Downer tops govt Frequent Flyer list - Breaking News - National - Breaking News

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    Perhaps he should look around here as to what to do with them... I do believe one or two people I know of would have earned more than 3.5million points in 11 1/2 years through flying (that's only ~300000 per year!)
     

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  3. #3 NYCguy, Aug 17, 2007
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    3.5 million points? Yawn... OK, that IS a lot of miles, but I agree that quite a few contributors to this board could probably outdo that total.

    Of course, one would expect no less of a Foreign Minister. One imagines also that Lord Downer will retain his CL membership after he retires...
     
  4. simongr

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    Jeez - he is FOREIGN affairs Minister - how the hell is he meant to deal with foreign countries if he doesn't travel.

    Guess the collapsing economy doesnt sell as many papers....

    Re th 3.5 million points/miles that would be after redemptions though (note I do not include upgrades ;))
     
  5. serfty

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    If any of his US counter parts had around 1½ to 1¾ Million miles in their US based ff program they would have just as much redeemability as 3.5 M QFF points.
     
  6. Let's not go nuts...
     
  7. simongr

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    Look they have added 10% to the cost of a DONE4 - the world is ending!
     
  8. aus_flyer

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    I agree, this really shouldn't be news.

    But, just as a side note, nearly all of Downer's travel is done in a private jet, so that makes 3.5m a fair bit!
     
  9. ioki

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    i had tho government employees are not allowed to accumulate FF points while travelling on tax payer's $$
     
  10. littl_flier

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    They aren't, but the politicians can. As the article suggests though, these points supposedly can only be used for Govt Travel
     
  11. wallacej

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    "despite the massive tally, he was rarely able to use them."

    Do you think I could email him my FF number. I understand transfers can be done up to 100,000 per year.... I could be a long lost twice removed cousin...:D
     
  12. straitman

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    He might tell you to 'get lost' instead :!:
     
  13. wallacej

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    I am sure he would... ever so politely!
     
  14. Mal

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    When he does retire, he will most likely be entitled to the "Life Gold Pass" - basically up to 25 return J trips (with spouse) within Australia for non-commercial reasons.

    Parliamentary Remuneration Life Gold Pass and Severence Travel

    No overseas travel though - but I'm sure his consulting/speaking/Consulate position (if he gets one) will ensure that he gets some paid by others!
     
  15. kpc

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    All I can say is::evil::evil::evil::evil::evil: re life Gold pass
    As for the foreign minister ....well I don't think I'll start name calling...
     
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