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Monday, 18 June 2001
Page: 24542

Senator Faulkner asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, upon notice, on 26 April 2000:

Has the department, or any agency within the portfolio, had any involvement, or expect to be involved, in the preparation for the Australia Week trip to the United Kingdom in 2000; if so: (a) what is the nature of that involvement; (b) what is the total cost, or expected total cost, of this involvement; (c) what are the specific components of this cost; (d) how many staff will be involved with these preparations and are these staff based in Australia or overseas; (e) how many portfolio staff are expected to travel overseas, and will this be with the official party, or prior to the party's travel; (f) what is the purpose for the involvement of these officers; and (g) will the department/agency budget be supplemented for these costs; if not, how will the department/agency involvement be funded.

Senator Alston (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Nil response.