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Tuesday, 15 June 2004
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Mr Quick asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 1 April 2004:

(1) For the financial year (a) 2000/2001, and (b) 2002/2003, what sum was spent by the Minister's department on domestic and overseas air travel.

(2) For the financial year (a) 2000/2001, and (b) 2002/2003, what proportion of domestic air travel by employees of the Minister's department was provided by (i) Ansett (ii) Qantas (iii) Regional Express, and (iv) Virgin Blue.

(3) For the financial year (a) 2000/2001, and (b) 2002/2003, what was the actual expenditure by the Minister's department on domestic air travel provided by (i) Ansett (ii) Qantas (iii) Regional Express, and (iv) Virgin Blue.

(4) For the financial year (a) 2000/2001, and (b) 2002/2003, what sum was spent by the Minister's department on business class travel on (i) domestic routes, and (ii) overseas routes.

(5) For the financial year (a) 2000/2001, and (b) 2002/2003, what sum was spent by the Minister's department on economy class travel on (i) domestic routes, and (ii) overseas routes.

(6) For the financial year (a) 2000/2001, and (b) 2002/2003, what proportion of the expenditure on air travel by the Minister's department was on the domestic routes (i) Sydney to Canberra, (ii) Melbourne to Canberra, (iii) Sydney to Melbourne, (iv) Sydney to Brisbane, (v) Melbourne to Hobart or Launceston, and (vi) Sydney to Perth.

(7) For the financial year (a) 2000/2001, and (b) 2002/2003, how many employees of the Minister's department had membership of the (i) Qantas Chairman's Lounge (ii) Qantas Club, (iii) Regional Express Membership Lounge, and (vi) Virgin Blue's Blue Room paid for by the department.

(8) Which company provides travel management services to the Minister's department.


Dr Kemp (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The information provided in relation to questions 1 to 6 is based on the records held by the company that provided travel management services to my department at that time.

(1) (a) $2,190,547 was spent on domestic air travel and $1,214,853 was spent on overseas air travel.

(b) $2,127,962 was spent on domestic air travel and $1,128,580 was spent on overseas travel.

(2) (a) (i) 7.48% (ii) 91.9% (iii) 0.18%, and (iv) 0%.

(b) (i) 0% (ii) 97.25% (iii) 0.61%, and (iv) 0%.

(3) (a) (i) $207,213 (ii) $1,970,517 (iii) $3,453, and (iv) $0.

(b) (i) $797 (ii) $2,094,687 (iii) $20,158, and (iv) $0.

(4) (a) (i) $469,601 and (ii) $993,405.

(b) (i) $401,367 and (ii) $825,001.

(5) (a) (i)$1,720,946 and (ii) $221,447.

(b) (i) $1,726,594 and (ii) $303,579.

(6) (a) (i) 21% (ii) 42% (iii) 3% (iv) 3% (v) 28%, and (vi) 3%.

(b) (i) 18% (ii) 43% (iii) 3% (iv) 3% (v) 25%, and (vi) 4%.

(7) (a) (i) nil (ii) 53 (iii) nil, and (iv) nil.

(b) (i) nil (ii) 38 (iii) nil, and (iv) nil.

(8) Carlson Wagonlit Travel. The contract commenced in November 2003.