TAXPAYERS have been slugged a $166,000 booze bill over the last three years racked up by bankers at the Reserve Bank of Australia — the organisation in charge of the country’s fiscal responsibility.
They quaffed two dozen bottles of 2012 Penfolds Bin 389 cabernet shiraz — valued at $75 each — and bought 157 cartons of James Squire Pale Ale in one hit.
RBA staff also bought 2952 bottles of Coopers Ale and 3336 bottles of James Boag Premium Lager — costing the taxpayer $11,600.
The information was discovered through a Freedom of Information request by the Daily Telegraph which revealed bankers had drunk $47,000 of booze on the taxpayer’s dime in the last 12 months.
The RBA said it was commonplace for workers to crack a wine after “finishing a big project” or when entertaining guests.
The bank — which is in charge of the country’s monitory policies — also hosts “functions” where alcohol is “procured” for staff to drink.
That explains a lot.