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Monday, 23 November 2015
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Federal Departments: Minister and Ministerial Staff Domestic and International Travel Costs

(Question No. 1240-1241, 1243, 1245-1247, 1249-1256, 1258, 1260-1263, 1265-1266, 1268-1271, and 1273)


Mr Conroy asked the Ministers listed below, in writing, on 17 August 2015 and 12 October 2015:

(1) In 2014-15, what sum was spent on (a) domestic travel, and (b) international travel, for the (i) Minister, and (ii) Minister's staff.(2) Of this, (a) on what dates, and to what locations, did the Minister travel, (b) how many Ministerial staff accompanied the Minister on this travel, and (c) for what purpose was the travel.

1240 Prime Minister.

1241 Minister representing the Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

1243 Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

1245 Minister for Foreign Affairs.

1246 Minister for Trade and Investment.

1247 Minister representing the Minister for Employment.

1249 Minister representing the Attorney-General.

1250 Minister representing the Minister for the Arts.

1251 Minister for Justice.

1252 Treasurer.

1253 Minister for Small Business.

1254 Assistant Treasurer.

1255 Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.

1256 Minister representing the Minister for Education and Training.

1258 Minister for Social Services.

1260 Minister for Human Services.

1261 Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

1262 Minister representing the Minister for Defence.

1263 Minister for Veterans' Affairs.

1265 Minister representing the Minister for Communications.

1266 Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.

1268 Minister for the Environment.

1269 Minister representing the Minister for Finance.

1270 Special Minister of State.

1271 Minister for Health.

1273 Minister for Sport.


Mr Brough: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Details of expenditure for costs related to official travel paid by the Department are published every six months in the report Parliamentarians' Expenditure on Entitlements paid by the Department of Finance. The six monthly report for 1 July to 31 December 2014 is available at: finance.gov.au/publications/parliamentarians-reporting/parliamentarians-expenditure-P35/. The report for 1 January 2015 to 30 June 2015 will be available December 2015. To provide this information in an alternative format would be a significant diversion of the department's resources.

To provide the sum spent on Ministerial staff travel and details of how many staff accompanied the Minister on the travel would be a significant diversion of the department's resources.

The purpose for domestic travel is not known by the Department of Finance.