Australia’s first canine Toto has doubtless accompanied his proprietor Anthony Albanese onboard VIP flights quite a few instances since he grew to become Prime Minister, however simply how typically stays unknown.
In a probe by Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie throughout estimates on Wednesday, the air power was requested to cough up solutions about whether or not Toto had flown alongside Mr Albanese on any of the particular objective plane flights he’d taken since assuming workplace final Might.
“Might you present a listing of all flights for the reason that twenty first of Might 2022 on which animals – and particularly an animal referred to as Toto – have been permitted on-board particular objective plane?” she requested.
However she struck a lifeless finish when Air Marshal Robert Chipman conceded the air power didn’t hold information about animals on particular objective plane flights.
“I’m conscious that there’s a historical past of VIPs travelling with pets on VIP plane,” he mentioned.
“(However) we don’t hold complete data of when animals journey on VIP plane.”
He conceded he knew there have been no necessities to “particularly manifest pets or objects of bags”.
Toto often seems in Mr Albanese’s picture alternatives at each Kirribilli Home in Sydney and the Lodge in Canberra.
Senator McKenzie additionally sought solutions over whether or not or not animals accompanying VIPs on board particular objective plane flights needed to be restrained in cages or be muzzled.
Air Marshall Chipman mentioned the one requirement was for animals to be restrained in “some kind of harness”.
He added that finally, animals remained the accountability of their house owners.