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Wednesday, 23 June 2004
Page: 31438


Mr Quick asked the Treasurer, 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 (iv) Virgin Blue's Blue Room paid for by the Department.

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


Mr Costello (Treasurer) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) In 2000/2001, the amount spent on domestic air travel was $595,729 and the amount spent on international air travel was $1,021.483.

(b) In 2002/2003, the amount spent on domestic air travel was $920,042 and the amount spent on international air travel was $1,249.233.

(2) (a) In Financial year 2000/2001, Treasury contracted Ansett Airlines as its travel management provider. Due to the subsequent collapse of Ansett, it is not possible to retrieve records of the use of individual carriers or payments made by Ansett to other airlines.

(b) In Financial year 2002/2003, the proportion of domestic airfares paid to carriers were:

(i) Ansett - nil

(ii) Qantas (and subsidiaries) - 99.08%

(iii) Regional Express - 0.75%

(iv) Virgin Blue and other carriers - 0.17%

(3) (a) Reporting systems were not able to provide a break-up of individual airline expenditure in 2000/2001, for the reasons explained in question (2).

(b) In Financial year 2002/2003, domestic travel was as follows:

(i) Ansett - nil

(ii) Qantas (and subsidiaries) - $911,578

(iii) Regional Express - $6,900

(iv) Virgin and other carriers $1,564

(4) (a) The business class break up for 2000/2001 is not available, for the reasons explained in question 2.

(b) (i) Business class domestic expenditure for 2002/2003 was $257,612.

(ii) Business class overseas expenditure for 2002/2003 was $789,689.

(5) (a) The economy class break up for 2000/2001 is not available, for the reasons explained in question 2.

(b) (i) Economy class domestic expenditure for 2002/2003 was $662,430.

(ii) Economy class overseas expenditure for 2002/2003 was $43,093

(6) (a) The details for 2000/2001 are not available, for the reasons explained in question 2.

(b) In 2002/2003, details are as follows -

(i) Sydney to Canberra - $320,717

(ii) Melbourne to Canberra - $258,126

(iii) Sydney to Melbourne - $77,828

(iv) Sydney to Brisbane - $35,519

(v) Melbourne to Hobart - $4,453 , Melbourne to Launceston -, $267.70

(vi) Sydney to Perth - $26,354.

(7) Qantas Chairman's Lounge is by invitation only and there is no membership or fee applicable. Currently, there are five officials of the Treasury who have access to the Chairman's Lounge.

(a) (ii) In 2000/2001, 56 employees were Qantas Club members. In 2002/2003, 116 employees were Qantas Club members.

(iii) and (iv)No employees were members of Regional Express or Virgin Blue membership lounges during those two years.

(8) Treasury currently uses Qantas Airways Limited to provide travel management services.