Sunday 25 March 2018

Australian PM dubbed 'Kevin 747' over flying miles

Australian PM Kevin Rudd
Australian PM Kevin Rudd

Jonathan Pearlman Sydney

Kevin Rudd, Australia's high-flying prime minister – nicknamed 'Kevin 747' – has clocked up 1,000 flying miles a day since returning as leader, leading to accusations he is "addicted" to the country's VIP jet.

Mr Rudd (pictured) made 28 trips during his 34 days as leader – a total of 34,175 miles since deposing Julia Gillard last month.

Though he has largely sought to stay close to home and campaign domestically for an election that is due within months, he has found time for several international trips.

Last weekend, he made a surprise trip with his wife to Afghanistan – more than 6,000 miles away – for a three-hour visit to the Australian troops.

The opposition said Mr Rudd was "addicted" to flying on the air force's executive fleet. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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