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Monday, 23 November 2015
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Investiture Photography: Tenders

(Question No. 1523)

Mr Conroy asked the Prime Minister, in writing, on 9 September 2015:

In respect of tenders from 7 September 2013 to 9 September 2015 for 'Investiture Photography' for the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General, (a) what services were provided, on what dates, and for what official purpose(s); and (b) are the investiture photographs publicly available; if so, from where.

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:

(a) A photographer was engaged to take photographs at investiture ceremonies held at Government House of each recipient receiving their award, a group photograph of all recipients and candid photography afterwards at the reception.

The dates of the investiture ceremonies were:

Two ceremonies (morning and afternoon) 12 September 2013

One ceremony (morning) 13 September 2013

Two ceremonies (morning and afternoon) 2 May 2014

Two ceremonies (morning and afternoon) 19 September 2014

Two ceremonies (morning and afternoon) 17 April 2015

The Governor-General, as the Chancellor of the Order of Australia and

Her Majesty's representative in Australia, is fulfilling a ceremonial role in conducting the investiture of awards within the Australian honours system.

Award recipients are provided with an individual photograph free of charge as a memento.

(b) Additional investiture photographs can be viewed and purchased from after each investiture. Media are also invited to attend each investiture ceremony.