or so she has informed us. She would, apparently, rather be at home in Australia talking to school children.
I am sure she would. She is almost certainly one of those misguided people who believe it is easier to talk to children than it is to talk to adults. Wrong.
On the other hand there are undoubtedly many other people who think that "all that travel and meeting important people must be fun". Wrong again.
I had a cousin, now deceased, who travelled almost constantly. He saw very little of the real world. He knew what the inside of many hotel rooms looked like - or perhaps he saw the same one many times over? He saw the inside of many board and meeting rooms. He met many important people in the business-of-entertainment world and dined with them in restaurants. The dining part was about the only thing that differentiated one trip from another. On one occasion, desperate for meat like a good Aussie boy, he paid almost $100 for a dish which included a small square of beef in a Tokyo restaurant- more than twenty years ago. I would never have done that.
Meeting the important people was never much fun either. He never got to know them. They never got to know him. He was almost never invited to their homes and he almost never invited them when they came to Australia. It is the way of the business world. I do not think his life was much fun.
Politics would be even trickier - and there is always the knowledge that the person you are meeting might not hold that position after the next election, or coup or something worse, or that you might not be there yourself. The real work gets done behind the scenes and it is done by others, the negotiators. Perhaps that is why the Prime Minister would like to stay at home. Other people do the work.
I would like to do more travelling than I have done. I have done very little. Every other member of my family has done far more than I have. People assume I have done a great deal. "But you lived in London all that time!" they exclaim. Yes, I did. I was at university. I was writing a thesis. I was also tutoring to have enough money to eat. I was not there to play or travel. Even the African students on meagre government scholarships had more money and free time than I did. I just accepted it. I had to or I could not stay and that would really have been a waste of everything I had put into trying to prove I could do something.
But the travel is a different story. I would like to have had the courage and the ability to set off on one of those extended working holidays, a 'gap' year. I think all school students should be encouraged to have a 'gap' year, that they should not go on to further study without it. They need to see a bit of the world, particularly the world outside relatively safe and cosy Australia.
If our Prime Minister had done that then she might be happier about travelling abroad - and we might be happier with her as our representative on the world stage. It is not a good thing for a Prime Minister to dislike travelling. It is part of the job.