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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 166

Diplomats: Tour to Western Australia

(Question No. 1508)


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 was the cost of food and beverages, covering meals for the entire touring party, and (b) can a list of (i) dining establishments attended by the touring party, and (ii) food and beverages available at each dining establishment, be provided, including itemised costs.


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

(a) In respect of the 2014 Diplomatic Corp visit to Western Australia, the cost of food and beverages to the Commonwealth was $23,588.00, or $327.61 including GST per Head of Mission. In 2011, former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd spent $39,890.64 or $767.13 including GST per Head of Mission on food and beverages when adjusted for inflation during the Diplomatic Corp visit to Queensland. When calculated per Head of Mission after adjusting for inflation, former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd spent more than twice the amount that was spent in 2014.

(b) (i) The dining establishments used were Fraser's, King's Park; Indiana's, Cottesloe Beach; and the Sandalford Estate, Swan Valley.

(b) (ii) The menus at each dining establishment, including itemised costs, were:

Fraser's ($4,029)

Eggs on toast

Yoghurt

Juice

Coffee and tea

Indiana's ($9,439)

Morning Tea

- Tarts

- Pies

- Coffee and Tea

Lunch

Share platter entree:

- Beef and vegetables

- Tomato and cheese

- Beetroot and cheese

Choice main course:

- Chicken with vegetables

- Cheese pasta with salad

Sandalford ($10,120)

Red and white wine

Cheese and spinach

A choice of lamb, salmon or pasta with vegetables

Cake, tart or crumble

Tea and coffee