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Tuesday, 15 August 2006
Page: 115

Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 8 June 2006:

(1)   Can details be provided of all costs associated with the Minister for Trade’s visit to Baghdad in February 2006, disaggregated by category, including transport, accommodation, meals, security and other costs.

(2)   Can details also be provided of costs associated with all personal and/or departmental staff who accompanied the Minister for Trade on this visit.

Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Transport. One dedicated C-130J flight from Dubai to Baghdad, via Kuwait, was provided at a cost of $16,177, which included: - $1,800 for landing and other fees; and - 5.1 flying hours at an hourly cost of $2,819, totalling $14,377. (Please refer to the answer to Question number 343 that outlines the net additional cost methodology - Senate Hansard, 19 August 2002). The return flight used a scheduled mission with no additional cost. Accommodation. One night’s accommodation for nine personnel was provided at a cost of $769. Meals. Two meals were provided for nine personnel at a cost of $441. Security. The total cost of security for the visit was $50,434, which included: - airfares - $23,440; - airfreight - $11,517; - allowances and incidental costs - $2,763; and - meals and accommodation - $12,714. The total cost attributable to Defence for the visit is $67,821.

(2)   Provision of a break-down of costs between the Minister for Trade and the individuals who accompanied him is not possible. Therefore, the costs provided are for the entire Ministerial party.