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Newsline: Australian embassy in Qatar to cost as much as $20 million

An Australian government plan to spend as much as $20 million on an embassy in Qatar has come under fire for its extravagance. The office, which would be located in Doha’s glitzy Tornado Tower, could come with a price-tag of an astonishing $21.9 million after all costs had been included. Under the proposal, the embassy will take up an entire floor in the lavish building and cost $13 million to lease for ten years, The Daily Telegraph claims. The newspaper also reports the government would also have to fork out $8.9 million to fit-out the space, which will be home to just 15 staff members – three Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials, 11 local workers and one Austrade employee. The proposal is currently awaiting the approval of the Parliamentary Public Works Committee.



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