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Wednesday, 16 June 2010
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Mr McMULLAN (Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance) (10:19 AM) —There are two separate questions there. With regard to the first, the answer is no. We do not indicate identities of diplomats and their particular functions in the normal course, other than the obvious information such as who is the charge d’affaires and whatever. If I understand the implication of the question, the answer is no, we do not do that. As to the second question, it is not routinely made public when our heads of agencies travel overseas, but occasionally it is. Occasionally the people themselves say so—for example, they may be before the Senate estimates or whatever. But it is not something that would routinely be announced and I do not think anybody would expect it to be.