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WA Premier Mark McGowan defends $250000 Asia trip

Premier Mark McGowan has defended spending more than $250,000 leading a delegation to China and Japan last year, saying it was a worthwhile 10-day trip to promote the state and secure jobs.

The WA Opposition has launched a blistering attack on Premier Mark McGowan‘s 2017 delegation to China and Japan after the government revealed the 10-day trip cost more than $250,000.

WAtoday revealed on Tuesday group of 16 people, including ministers and bureaucrats, spent almost $120,000 on airfares, accommodation and “associated costs”, and more than $118,000 on expenses in China alone.

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Premier Mark McGowan celebrates the 30th anniversary of the WA-Zhejiang sister-state relationship with Province Communist Party Secretary Che Jun on November 10.

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The delegation included Education Minister Sue Ellery, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, university vice-chancellors, chief executives, tourism operators, medium-sized businesses and private college operators.

Premier Mark McGowan said the trip delivered on an election promise to promote WA around the world and secure jobs and opportunities for citizens.

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