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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 180

Australian National University: Tender

(Question No. 1597)

Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, in writing, on 12 October 2015:

In respect of the $51,590.00 tender to the Australian National University for 'ADSRI (ANU) Conference # Afghan migration aspirations, movements, demography& integration' (CN3293337),

(a) how many

   (i) Ministerial staff, and

   (ii) departmental staff, attended the conference and associated events,

(b) what outcomes were achieved from their attendance, and

(c) what was the itemised budget for

   (i) meals,

   (ii) travel, and

   (iii) other allowances.

Mr Dutton: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) The conference Afghan migration: aspirations, movements, demography & integration has not yet happened. It is not scheduled to occur until 23 and 24 March 2016.

Invitations and conference administration will be managed by Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute (ADSRI) at the Australian National University (ANU). The contract between my Department and the ANU, which provides some funding for the conference, does not stipulate the number of Ministerial or departmental staff required to attend. However, departmental staff and officers from other government agencies in areas of policy, research and strategic communications may attend sessions relevant to their work.

(b) This conference is not scheduled to occur until 23 and 24 March 2016.

(c) This conference will be held in Canberra. It is therefore expected that attendance costs for Canberra-based attendees will be minimal.