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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 146

King and Queen of Norway Visit

(Question No. 788)


Mr Conroy asked the former Prime Minister, in writing, on 12 May 2015:

In respect of the visit of the King and Queen of Norway in February 2015, (a) what was the full itinerary for the event; and (b) what was the total cost of all activities associated with this event, including accommodation and catering.


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) Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway visited Australia as Guests of the Australian Government from 22 February to 27 February 2015 with an itinerary involving activities in Sydney, Canberra and Perth, including:

Ceremonial welcome and State Lunch given by the Governor-General

Dinner given by the Prime Minister of Australia

Wreath-laying at the Australian War Memorial

Lunch given by the Governor of New South Wales

Lunch given by the Governor of Western Australia

Reception given by the Premier of Western Australia

(b) The total cost of the visit to the Department was $150,982 (GST exclusive).