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Monday, 23 November 2015
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Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet: Departmental Staff Domestic and International Travel

(Question No. 1222)


Mr Conroy asked the Prime Minister in writing, on 17 August 2015:

(1) In 2014-15, what sum was spent on: (a) domestic travel; and (b) international travel, for departmental staff.

(2) Of this, (a) on what dates, and to what locations, did the Minister travel; (b) how many departmental staff accompanied the Minister on this travel; and (c) for what purpose was the travel.


Mr Turnbull: As the honourable member is aware, I was sworn in as Prime Minister on 15 September 2015. As the honourable member's question relates to matters before that date, I am advised by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet that The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The total cost of the Department's travel for financial year 2014-15 was:

(a) domestic $11,033,987 (GST exclusive); and

(b) international $867,518 (GST exclusive).

(2) Details of international travel for the Ministers are provided at Attachment A. The Department does not record travel data in a way that enables such data to be identified for domestic travel. To attempt to provide this level of detail would involve an unreasonable diversion of departmental resources.

The Hon Tony Abbott MP

Date

Location

Purpose of Trip

Number of Departmental Staff accompanying the Prime Minister

2014

30 Jul to 1 Aug

Palau

Pacific Islands Forum

2

10-14 Aug

Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands and United Kingdom

Response to MH17 Tragedy

4

3-7 Sept

India and Malaysia

Bilateral visit

6

23-28 Sep

United States

United Nations General Assembly

5

19-21 Oct

Papua New Guinea and Indonesia

Bilateral visit to Papua New Guinea and Inauguration of Indonesian President

6

9-14 Nov

China and Burma

APEC Leaders Meeting and EAS

7

2015

3-7 Jan

United Arab Emirates and Iraq

Bilateral visit

4

27-28 Feb

New Zealand

Annual Leaders Talks

5

29-30 Mar

Singapore

Funeral of former Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew

3

19-20 Apr

New Zealand

Dedication of Australian Memorial

4

21-28 Apr

Turkey and France

100th Anniversary of Gallipoli Landings and Bilateral visit to France

7

27-30 Jun

Singapore

Bilateral Visit

5

 

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash (as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women)

Date

Location

Purpose of Trip

Number of Departmental Staff accompanying the Minister

2015

6-17 March

United States

59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, participate in International Women's Day events and to conduct bilateral meetings.

2

24-25 April

Thailand

ANZAC day ceremony at Hellfire Pass.

Nil.

The Hon Christian Porter MP

Date

Location

Purpose of Trip

Number of Departmental Staff accompanying the Minister

2015

23-25 April

Papua New Guinea

To attend ANZAC day commemorations

Nil.