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Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Page: 909

Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 11 December 2009:

(1)   Since 1 November 2009, how many times has the departmental Secretary travelled to Western Australia.

(2)   For each of these occasions:

(a)   how many other members of the Australian Public Service travelled with the Secretary;

(b)   how many Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 ministerial staff travelled with the Secretary;

(c)   what was the total cost of the trip;

(d)   can an itemised list be provided of the following costs:

(i)   airfares, (ii) VIP aircraft travel, (iii) accommodation, (iv) meals, (v) entertainment, (vi) car travel, and (vii) other expenses;

(e)   for each night of accommodation in Western Australia, which hotel (or other establishment) was used by the Secretary;

(f)   what was the purpose of the trip; and

(g)   who did the Secretary meet.

Senator Chris Evans (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   On one occasion - from 8 - 11 November 2009.


(a)   Six - details set out below: Ms Robyn Kruk, Secretary, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts Mr Mike Mrdak, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government. Mr John Pierce, Secretary, Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism Mr Jim Murphy, Deputy Secretary, The Treasury Ms Glenys Beauchamp, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ms Kerrie Burmeister, Executive Officer, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

(b)   None

(c)   The total cost of the Secretary’s travel was $3638.10.

(d) (i)   The Secretary’s airfares costs were $2,767.45.

(ii)   Nil VIP aircraft travel

(iii)   The Secretary’s accommodation costs were $499.50.

(iv)   The Secretary was paid $99.00 for meals.

(v)   Nil Entertainment

(vi)   Comcar costs met by this Department for the group in Western Australia were $200.15, however arrangements for cars were shared between the Departments involved.

(vii)   In accordance with the Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2004/03, the Secretary received a payment of a daily incidentals allowance of $24.00 - paid for 9, 10 and 11 November - total $72.00.

(e)   The Secretary stayed in the Hyatt Regency in Perth on 8 and 10 November and the Esplanade Hotel in Port Hedland on 9 November.

(f)   The trip provided an opportunity for the Secretary (and delegation) to inspect the facilities and activities of key resource industry operators in the Pilbara region. The trip also provided an opportunity to visit local indigenous communities in the Pilbara and participate in an IPAA event in Perth.

(g)   The Secretary met a range of employees from the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, Rio Tinto, Woodside, BHP, and the Port Hedland Port Authority, as well as representatives of local indigenous communities. He also met with colleagues from the West Australian Public Service and with the Premier of Western Australia.