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Koala Cuddling' Comes Back to Haunt Australian Government

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"Government spending is not in itself bad, but it must be remembered at all times its taxpayers’ money, not politicians’ money being spent."

Koalas hug a specific type of tree that was found to have a cooler trunk than others they like to frequent. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

'Koala cuddling' is costing Australian taxpayers around $400,000, according to statistics revealed Thursday by the country's Labor party.

The Australian government's penchant for sending its cuddly marsupials to foreign diplomats for "cuddling" and highly-sought after photo opportunities has not gone unnoticed by the country's taxpayers. The $400,000 price tag was highlighted by the Labor party's "Waste-pedia" booklet that was launched Thursday on its Waste Watch website.

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