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Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Page: 4761

Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Business Flights

(Question No. 333)


Ms Julie Bishop asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 24 March 2011:

(1) How many overseas business class flights were taken by his Canberra-based departmental staff in each calendar year from 2005 to 2010.

(2) What was the total cost to the Government of overseas business class flights taken by his Canberra-based departmental staff in each calendar year from 2005 to 2010.

(3) What were the top 10 countries visited by his Canberra-based departmental staff in each calendar year from 2005 to 2010.


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

The information requested is unavailable. The department's overseas business class flight data does not distinguish between flights taken by Canberra-based departmental staff and those taken by non-staff members, such as staff dependants and contractors.