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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 4963


Senator Cash asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, upon notice, on 11 June 2009:

Can details be provided of any overseas visits or meetings Mr Graham Carters, Deputy Secretary of the department, has undertaken or attended at government expense since his appointment in the position, including:

(a)   the purpose of each visit/meeting;

(b)   the countries visited;

(c)   the location of each meeting;

(d)   the class of travel undertaken by Mr Carters for each overseas visit and the costs of each airfare and other ancillary and incidental transport;

(e)   the name, location and cost of the accommodation and any incidental costs utilised during these overseas visits; and

(f)   who accompanied Mr Carters on each of these overseas visits.


Senator Arbib (Minister for Employment Participation and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Government Service Delivery) —The Minister for Education and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

Since becoming Deputy Secretary, Employment and Strategic Policy Cluster in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Graham Carters has travelled six times. Travel entitlements for Mr Carters are governed by the DEEWR Travel Policy:

1.   From 10 to 14 August 2008, Mr Carters travelled to Singapore to attend an APEC symposium at a total cost of $7,617. Mr Carters was accompanied by Ms Marie Grealy, Director, International Group.

2.   From 17 to 20 August 2008, Mr Carters travelled to Wellington, New Zealand to attend an APEC Symposium. The cost of the trip was $4,271. Mr Carters was accompanied by Mr Finn Pratt (then) Associate Secretary, Ms Malissa Golightly, Deputy Secretary and Mr John Kovacic, Deputy Secretary.

3.   From 4 to 14 September 2008, Mr Carters travelled to Tonga, Fiji, Kiribati and Vanuatu to attend the Regional Consultations regarding the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme. The cost of the trip was $10,058. Mr Carters was accompanied by Mr Peter Frankis, Director, Employment Reform Taskforce Group.

4.   From 26 to 28 March 2009, Mr Carters travelled to Port Moresby to discuss the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme. The cost of the trip was $5,163. Mr Carters was accompanied by Ms Louise McSorley, Branch Manager, Employment Reform Taskforce Group.

5.   From 24 April to 3 May 2009, Mr Carters accompanied the Secretary to the Combined Six Countries and Belmont Conference in England at a cost of $11,573.

6.   From 23 May to 1 June 2009, Mr Carters travelled to Croatia to attend the World Association of Public Employment Services Congress (WAPES). The cost of the trip was $13,342. Mr Carters was accompanied by Mr Tony Waslin, Group Manager, Specialist Employment Services Group.