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Monday, 23 November 2015
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Trade and Investment: Ministerial Hospitality

(Question No. 1454)

Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Trade and Investment, in writing, on 17 August 2015:

In respect of catering and hospitality by the Minister in 2014-15, (a) what total sum was spent, (b) for what functions was the catering and hospitality, (c) on what date(s) did each function occur, and at what location(s), and (d) for each function, what sum was spent on (i) meals, (ii) drinks, (iii) hospitality staff, and (iv) other costs.

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

Hospitality and attending and hosting functions form an essential part of overseas visits by Ministers. These services are managed by all areas across the Department including Australian Government Posts. To provide further details would entail a significant and unreasonable diversion of resources.