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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 170

Australia-Republic of Korea Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations

(Question No. 1563)

Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 12 October 2015:

In respect of the Australia-Republic of Korea Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations held on 11 September 2015, (a) how many (i) Ministerial, and (ii) departmental staff were in attendance, and (b) can the department provide the (i) itinerary, (ii) itemised costs of flights, accommodation and ground transport, and (iii) itemised costs of all other associated expenses, including decorations.

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

(a). 2 ministerial staff and 12 officers from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) attended the Australia - Republic of Korea 2+2 Meeting in Sydney on 11 September. Twenty-four officials from the Republic of Korea were in attendance.

It was the first Australia-Republic of Korea Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting to be held in Australia. Ministers discussed ways to advance Australia and Korea's important economic, strategic, defence and security relationship.

(b) (i). See attached

(ii). Costs incurred by the Department are attached.


2+2 Program - Friday 11 September

Commencement of Official Program:

1225 Wreath-laying ceremony

Korean War Memorial - Moore Park

1240 Ministers meet with Korean War veterans

Rotunda - Moore Park

1315 2+2 Meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers

(James Cook Ball Room) Intercontinental Hotel

1525 2+2 Media Conference

(Premier's Room) - Intercontinental Hotel

1610 Ministers' bilateral counterpart meetings

(Defence Ministers, Quay Room, Foreign Ministers, Harbour Room) - Intercontinental Hotel

1930 2+2 Official Dinner Quay Restaurant, Circular Quay (Ministers and Senior Officials)

Conclusion of 2+2 official program

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Expenses for the Australia-Republic of Korea 2+2 Meeting

Sydney 11 September 2015

Venue Related Goods and Services

Cost - A$



Transport - Hire Cars




Interpreter 1


Interpreter 2


Flags and Lectern Signs


Official Dinner


Restaurant Service Charge


Wreath for Korean War Memorial


Gift to ROK Foreign Minister


Flights Total:


Accommodation Total:


Comcar Total:


Taxis Total:


Airport Parking Total: