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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
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Diplomats: Tour to Western Australia

(Question No. 1504)


Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 7 September 2015—

In respect of the tour to Western Australia by Canberra-based diplomats in May 2014, (a) what total cost was incurred by the Australian Government, (b) can she provide a copy of the (i) guest list, and (ii) itinerary, and (c) can a list of all activities offered to the touring party be provided, including the itemised costs.


Ms Julie Bishop: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) The Diplomatic Corp visits are a longstanding practice supported by both sides of government dating back to 2000. These visits promote trade, investment and tourism opportunities of the chosen state to an international audience. They are strongly supported by State Premiers, such as the South Australian Labor Premier Jay Weatherill who stated that the 2015 Diplomatic Corp visit to South Australia, "comes at a perfect time as we are seeking to internationalise our state's economy." The total cost incurred by the Australian Government for the Diplomatic Corp visit to Western Australia was $145,200 or $2016.67 including GST per Head of Mission. This is comparable to the 2011 Diplomatic Corp visit to QLD hosted by former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd which cost $1978.77 including GST per Head of Mission when adjusted for inflation.

(b) (i) Guest List

2014 Foreign Minister's Visit to WA with Diplomatic Corps (68 Heads of Mission, 1 Deputy High Commissioner, 3 Chargé d'Affairs a.i.)

1 Argentina (Dean of Corps, Ambassador)

2 Afghanistan (Ambassador)

3 Algeria (Ambassador)

4 Austria (Ambassador)

5 Belgium (Ambassador)

6 Botswana (High Commissioner)

7 Brazil (Ambassador)

8 Brunei (High Commissioner)

9 Bulgaria (Ambassador)

10 Cambodia (Ambassador)

11 Canada (High Commissioner)

12 Chile (Chargé d'Affairs)

13 China (Ambassador)

14 Croatia (Ambassador)

15 Czech Republic (Ambassador)

16 Denmark (Ambassador)

17 Ecuador (Ambassador)

18 Egypt (Ambassador)

19 El Salvador (Ambassador)

20 Ethiopia (Ambassador)

21 European Union (Ambassador)

22 Finland (Ambassador)

23 Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Ambassador)

24 Georgia (Ambassador)

25 Germany (Ambassador)

26 Greece (Ambassador)

27 Hungary (Ambassador)

28 India (High Commissioner)

29 Indonesia (Chargé d'Affairs)

30 Iraq (Ambassador)

31 Ireland (Ambassador)

32 Jordan (Ambassador)

33 Kenya (A/g High Commissioner)

34 Korea (Ambassador)

35 Kosovo (Ambassador)

36 Kuwait (Ambassador)

37 Laos (Ambassador)

38 Libya (Ambassador)

39 Malaysia (High Commissioner)

40 Mauritius (Ambassador)

41 Mexico (Ambassador)

42 Mongolia (Ambassador)

43 Morocco (Ambassador)

44 Myanmar (Ambassador)

45 Nepal (Ambassador)

46 New Zealand (High Commissioner)

47 Papua New Guinea (High Commissioner)

48 Paraguay (Chargé d'Affairs)

49 Peru (Ambassador)

50 Philippines (Ambassador)

51 Poland (Ambassador)

52 Qatar (Ambassador)

53 Russia (Ambassador)

54 Saudi Arabia (Ambassador)

55 Serbia (Ambassador)

56 Singapore (High Commissioner)

57 Slovak Republic (Ambassador)

58 South Africa (High Commissioner)

59 Spain (Ambassador)

60 Sri Lanka (High Commissioner)

61 Sweden (Ambassador)

62 Switzerland (Ambassador)

63 Thailand (Ambassador)

64 Timor Leste (Ambassador)

65 Tunisia (Ambassador)

66 Uganda (High Commissioner)

67 United Kingdom (High Commissioner)

68 USA (Ambassador)

69 Uruguay (Ambassador)

70 Vanuatu (High Commissioner)

71 Venezuela (Ambassador)

72 Vietnam (Ambassador)

(b) (ii) Itinerary

Thursday 1 May 2014

0715 Welcome Breakfast hosted by the Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Hon Julie Bishop MP at Fraser's, King's Park

0900 Opening plenary session of "In the Zone" conference at the University of Western Australia with guest speakers:

- Dr Michael Chaney AO, Chancellor UWA

- The Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of WA

- The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

- Mr Paul Kelly, Editor-at-large, The Australian

1115 Briefings by the Western Australian Government at Indiana's, Cottesloe Beach:

- Mr Giles Nunis, Deputy Director General, Resources and Industry

Development, Department of State Development

- Ms Nicky Cusworth, Deputy Director General, Strategic Policy,

Department of State Development

- Ms Stephanie Buckland, CEO, Tourism Western Australia

1230 Luncheon with keynote speaker, Professor Peter Quinn, Director International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, UWA

1500 Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle

1515 Introduction by Mr Alec Coles OBE, CEO Western Australian Museum

1520 Briefing by Senator the Hon David Johnston, Minister for Defence on Australia's Defence Policy

1615 Tour of the Western Australian Maritime Museum led by Dr Michael McCarthy

1800 Reception at Government House hosted by His Excellency Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, Governor of Western Australia and Mrs McCusker

1930 Depart Government House

1940 Arrive hotel - day's program concludes

Friday 2 May 2014

0700 Perth - Newman flight

0900 BHP Billiton Operations and Safety Briefing.

0940 BHP Billiton Mount Whaleback Mine Briefing

1110 Newman - Karratha flight

1235 Woodside LNG briefing followed by an audiovisual presentation, a Question and Answer session and lunch Note: Participants will be divided into groups

1430 Guided tour of Indigenous rock art at Burrup Peninsula

1555 Rio Tinto Briefing at Parker Point Iron Ore Loading Facility

1715 Karratha - Perth flight

1950 Arrive hotel - day's program concludes

Saturday 3 May 2014

0925 Rio Tinto Safety Briefing at Rio Tinto Operations Centre

0950 Rio Tinto Operations Centre Briefing and Tour

1115 Sandalford Estate - Presentation, wine processing plant tour and familiarisation with Australian native animals

1230 Lunch at Sandalford Estate hosted by the Minister for Foreign Affairs The Hon Julie Bishop MP

1530 Arrive hotel - program concludes

(c) List of all activities offered to the touring party are as above. Itemised costs are included in the replies to Questions on Notice Nos 1505-1509.