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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 4964


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 interstate 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 states visited;

(c)   the location of each meeting;

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

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

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


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

Since becoming Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Graham Carters has been required to travel interstate periodically in order to meet with stakeholders and staff across capital cities and rural and regional areas of relevance to the portfolio. Other staff accompany Mr Carters as required. Stakeholder and staff engagement is also conducted via video and telephone conferencing, to the extent practicable.

Deputy Secretaries’ travel entitlements are governed by the DEEWR Travel Policy and providing details of each trip would be an unreasonable diversion of resources.