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Wednesday, 15 June 2011
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Defence: Overseas Travel

(Question Nos 494, 495 and 496)


Senator Johnston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 22 March 2011:

For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010:

(1) (a) Did the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary travel overseas on official business; if so: (i) to what destination, (ii) for what duration, and (iii) for what purpose; and (b) what was the total cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

(2) (a) Which departmental and uniformed personnel accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary on each trip; and (b) for those personnel, what was the total cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

(3) (a) Apart from ministerial staff and uniformed and civilian departmental personnel, who else accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary on each trip; and (b) for each of these people, what was the total cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.


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

(1) (a) (i)-(iii) Yes. Ministers Smith and Clare travelled overseas during this period. Minister Snowdon and Senator Feeney did not travel during this period. Full details are provided in the attached table.

(b)(i)-(ii) All costs of official overseas travel by Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and advisers are paid for by the Department of Finance and Deregulation (Finance). Dates, destinations, the purpose and costs of all official overseas travel are tabled in the Parliament every six months in a report titled 'Parliamentarians' Travel paid by the Department of Finance and Deregulation and its supporting information. These reports are now also published to the Finance web site. Where available, expenditure for these visits has been provided to Defence by the Department of Finance via regular reporting.

Where the Minister undertook travel via special purpose aircraft (SPA) the Schedule of Special Purpose flights for 1 July to 31 December 2010 will be tabled in June 2011.

(b) (iii) Some Ministerial expenses are a direct portfolio cost to Defence and those costs are included under item 1(b)(iii) with any ministerial incidentals in the attached table.

(2) Details are provided in the attached table.

(3) (a)-(b)(i)-(iii) Details are provided in the attached table. Costs for additional persons accompanying the Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary are stated where known. Costs and details for ministerial advisers are reflected in this column, as are details of non-Defence delegates or media that were invited to join the delegation. Spouses did not accompany the Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary on overseas travel during the period of 1 July to 31 December 2010.

Minister / Parliamentary Secretary

(1) (a) Travel undertaken (i) (ii) (iii) Destination, duration and purpose

(b) Minis ­ terial costs (i) Travel (ii) Accomm. (iii) Other

2(a) Defence delegation

(b) Defence personnel costs (i) Travel (ii) Accomm. (iii)   Other

(3)(a) Advisers and others accom ­ panying

(b) Costs (i) Travel (ii) Accom m. (iii)  Other

Minister for Defence, Mr Smith

Afghanistan from 22 to

25 September 2010.

The Minister visited Afghanistan for introductory calls on his counterpart, to meet officials in Kabul and to visit troops. The Minister was accompanied by two advisers, Ms Frances Adamson, Chief of Staff and Ms Michaela Browning, Adviser, and four defence personnel to Afghanistan.

(i) $12,180.14 (ii) $0 (iii) $386.51

1. Dr Ian Watt, Secretary

2. ACM Angus Houston, Chief of Defence Force.

3. MAJGEN Richard Wilson, Director Defence Intelligence Organisation.

4. COL Vance Khan, CDF CoS

5. LEUT Scott Carter, MINDEF Aide de Camp.

6. LEUT Elizabeth Clayton, CDF Aide de Camp.

 

(i) $60,703.08 (ii) $2,531.28 (iii) $1,424.67

1. Two advisers accompanied the Minister.

2. Four media representatives, Mr Brendan Nicholson, Mr Nick Butterly, Mr David Speers and Ms Sally Sara accompanied Mr Smith on this visit.

(i) Advisers:

$18,352.96

Media: not known (ii) Advisers:

$181.82

Media: not known (iii) Advisers: $137.99

Media: not known

Minister for Defence, Mr Smith

Vietnam from 11 to 13 October 2010.

The Minister visited Hanoi, Vietnam to attend the inaugural ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting and hold bilateral meetings with counterparts. The Minister was accompanied by two advisers, Mr Greg Wilcock, Adviser and Ms Jenny Da Rin, Media Adviser, and six defence personnel.

(i) $6,450.18 (ii) $0 (iii) $7,098.04

1. Dr Ian Watt, Secretary

2. ACM Angus Houston, Chief of Defence Force.

3. Mr Andrew Nikolic, First Assistant Secretary International Policy Division.

3. LEUT Scott Carter, MINDEF Aide de Camp.

4. LEUT Elizabeth Clayton, CDF Aide-de-Camp.

6. Mr Chris Kevork, Policy Officer, International Policy Division.

 

(i) $44,697.96 (ii) $4,967.35 (iii) $3,327.96

Two advisers accompanied the Minister.

 

No media accompanied Mr Smith on this visit.

(i) $12,914.55 (ii) $0 (iii) $16.67

Minister / Parliamentary Secretary

(1) (a) Travel undertaken (i) (ii) (iii)

Destination, duration and purpose

(b) Ministerial costs (i) Travel (ii) Accomm. (iii) Other

2(a)

Defence delegation

(b)

Defence personnel costs (i) Travel (ii) Accomm. (iii) Other

(3)(a)

Advisers and others accompanying

(b)

Costs (i) Travel (ii) Accomm. (iii) Other

Minister for Defence, Mr Smith

Portugal from 18 to 22 November 2010.

The Minister visited Lisbon, Portugal to attend the NATO Leaders' Summit in support of the Prime Minister and hold bilateral meetings with counterparts. The Minister was accompanied by two advisers, Ms Michaela Browning, Adviser and Ms Mary Bagnall, Media Adviser, and five defence personnel. The Prime Minister invited the Minister to return on the Special Purpose Aircraft (SPA).

(i) $10,059.14 (ii) $2,288.38 (iii) $2,465.96

1. Dr Ian Watt, Secretary

2. ACM Angus Houston, Chief of Defence Force.

3. LEUT Scott Carter, MINDEF Aide de Camp.

4. LEUT Elizabeth Clayton, CDF Aide-de-Camp.

5. Ms Fleur Hill, Director Afghanistan Section.

 

(i) $97,867.26 (ii) $560.00 (iii) $2,400.39

Two advisers accompanied the Minister.

 

No media accompanied Mr Smith on this visit.

(i) $37,731.04 (ii) $1,075.70 (iii) $98.68

Minister for Defence Materiel, Mr Clare

United States from 5 to 17 December 2010. Minister Clare held 14 meetings in Washington DC with US Defense and Government officials, industry representatives, and Congressional leaders. He visited the US Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, US Naval Sea Systems Commend at Carderock, the Super Hornet production line in St Louis Missouri and the Joint Strike Fighter production line in Fort Worth Texas. The Minister also visited New York and met with Crye Precision in Brooklyn, Northrop Grumman in Bethpage, and attended a conference at the United Nations organised by the Center for American Progress.

The Minister was accompanied by his Chief of Staff, Mr Dan Fankhauser.

Air Marshal John Harvey, Chief Capability Development Group, travelled independently to the United States but participated in elements of the Minister's program in Washington DC, St Louis and Fort Worth.

(i) $15,983.46 (ii) $3,687.51 (iii) $5,422.36

 

N/A

(i) $ N/A (ii) $ N/A (iii) $ N/A

One adviser accompanied the Minister.

 

No media accompanied Mr Smith on this visit.

(i) $15,983.46 (ii) $2,620.24 (iii) $414.37