Aussie DFAT staff accused of double booking repatriation flights for stranded travellers

While thousands of travellers remain stranded overseas, Australian Foreign Affairs staffers are accused of using taxpayer funds to double book flights, in a report by

Staff at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) working overseas during the coronavirus pandemic have been accused of using taxpayer dollars to double book seats on flights to Australia and acting with “rampant self-interest” at the expense of others.

A security source told staff had used taxpayer funds to book flights with two separate airlines, then simply cancelled a second flight once a person had managed to return home.

Staff also take chauffer-driven trips to Canberra after flying into Sydney at taxpayer expense, in a practice the agency regards as minimising risk to the public.

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