Federal Labor has branded as "luxury excess" a foreign affairs department decision to fly European journalists business class to Australia as part of a $100,000 tour.
Documents obtained by AAP under freedom of information reveal six journalists and a think tank researcher were flown business class from Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Sweden, at a cost of close to $54,000 in March last year.
The remaining money was spent on four-star hotel accommodation in Sydney and Melbourne, domestic flights in Australia, bus hire and travel allowances covering food costs.
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner ordered the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to release the documents after a seven-month wait.
The focus of the program was multiculturalism in Australia.
While it's common for national governments to invite foreign journalists on study tours it is unusual for them to be flown business class.
Labor's Waste Watch spokesperson Matt Keogh said the program had some merit but could have been run more efficiently.
"How on earth do you justify having business flights to bring these people out for a sales pitch on Australia?" he told AAP.
Mr Keogh doubted the journalists involved had demanded business class flights.
"This is luxury excess in the portfolio from a minister (Julie Bishop) who likes spending her time doing fancy things," he said.
At the time of the visit, Australia was campaigning for one of two seats on the United Nations' human rights council against Spain and France, which both later pulled out of the race.
Mr Keogh questioned whether the department had tried to curry favour with certain nations to support Australia's bid for a seat on the council.
The journalists had briefings with the immigration department about Australia's asylum seeker boat crackdown, Operation Sovereign Borders. They also met officials from social services and foreign affairs.
The department says international media visits aim to generate "informed foreign media reporting that contributes to a balanced and positive view of Australia".
In 2016, the department was criticised for spending $215,000 flying 23 bureaucrats business class to Paris, to discuss ways to save money.