Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s opponents say the PM spent $400,000 on koala-related expenses

By Kelli Bender
Updated March 21, 2016 05:40 PM

In perhaps the most Australian accusation ever uttered, opponents of Australia’s Prime Minster Tony Abbott say the official is spending large amounts of government money on koalas.

According to Fox News, the country’s Labor Party recently revealed a statistic stating that Abbott has spent $400,000 of taxpayers’ money on koala cuddles, including dropping $24,000 to bring several of the marsupials to the G20 Summit to hobknob with Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin.

Other koala costs cited by the Labor Party include: $133,000 to fly four koalas to the Singapore Zoo, a $62,500-a-day tour of Kangaroo Island with diplomats, and $150,000 on another diplomatic trip to Western Australia where politicians snuggled up to wombats instead of koalas.

My take away from all this is that it now seems fiscally impossible that I haven’t hugged a koala, yet here I sit not covered in grey fur and the smell of eucalyptus breath.