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Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Page: 6611


(Question No. 907)

Senator Johnston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 15 August 2011:

What savings, to date, have been achieved by the department in transferring to the arrangements in booking flights on international services where Frequent Flyer points are no longer credited to individuals.

Senator Chris Evans: The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Under Whole-of-Australian-Government arrangements established through the Department of Finance and Deregulation on 1 July 2010, all international airlines were required to have Frequent Flyer Points/Loyalty Reward Points schemes turned off and to provide pricing on this basis. Accordingly, Defence is not able to identify what savings, if any, can be attributed to such an arrangement. Additionally, prior to WoAG arrangements, Defence's previous contract with Qantas for the provision of travel services stipulated that Frequent Flyer Points were not to be awarded to Defence travellers.