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Wednesday, 15 June 2011
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Defence

(Question No. 529)


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

With reference to the answer provided to Question on Notice No's. 117-119:

(1) Can details be provided of the Defence Materiel Organisation's expenditure at Defence Materiel Washington.

(2) Why is this a regular fortnightly recurring expense.

(3) What is the official purpose of this expenditure.

(4) Who approved the expenditure.


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

(1) The information supplied under Question on Notice 117-119 for Representational Allowance was the amount paid to officers within the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) as a fortnightly allowance. Actual expenses must be acquitted biannually with any unused allowance paid back to the DMO at the end of an officer's posting. Actual expenses incurred over the same period for the five Washington based Defence Materiel officers are as follows:

Table 1

Defence Materiel Washington

Representation Expenditure 1 July 2010 31 December 2010

Date

Location

Purpose

Cost $United States Dollar

13 July

Embassy

US DoD Roundtable with SA Deputy Premier

$56.00

28 July

Residence

Dinner at Counsellor Materiel's Residence for DoD OSD(AT&L) Armaments Co-operation Guests

$424.60

30 July

Residence

Dinner at Counsellor Materiel's Residence for US Department of State & UK Embassy guests

$254.74

31 July

Embassy

Embassy Hospitality Events Annual Membership - Defence Materiel Attaché

$150.00

1 August

Embassy

Embassy Hospitality Events Annual Membership—Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Project Officer

$150.00

6 August

Rosslyn

Air Force International Affairs liaison

$201.00

 

 

 

 

10 August

Arlington

Defence Technology Security Administration liaison

$148.00

16 August

Embassy

Embassy Hospitality Events Annual Membership -MinCondMAT

$150.00

1 September

Arlington

SAGA Membership—Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Project Officer

$80.00

1 September

Arlington

Function for US DoD officials at Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Office

$250.00

9 September

Washington

Function for Dept of State, DoD, UK MoD for Trade Treaty Liaison

$115.00

14 October

Ottawa

Function with Canadian National Defence officials

$142.00

29 October

Crystal City

US DoD Materiel Co-operation liaison

$48.00

23 November

Swiss Embassy

Co host MOU Attaché & Foreign Procurement Group

$277.25

1 December

Arlington

Function for US DoD officials at ESSM Office

$60.00

(2) See (1) above.

(1) Representational funds assist the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) members posted on long term duty overseas to meet the costs of officially entertaining host country nationals. The sole purpose of providing such hospitality is to enable ADO members to conduct Australian and Defence business more efficiently and effectively.

(2) General Manager Commercial, Defence Materiel Organisation or Head of Australian Defence Staff Washington.