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24 March 2011

330  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) What is the target audience for the Australia Network, and was it determined by market research; if so, is this research publicly available.

(2) Has his department undertaken any studies to determine whether the Australia Network is reaching this audience; if so, when were they undertaken and what were the results.

(3) Did his department undertake a study of the Australian Network’s effectiveness before the Government announced it would put out to tender a new 10 year contract.

(4) Does his department believe that television remains the best medium for reaching this target audience; if so, why.

331  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Has his department undertaken any studies into the effectiveness of new social media in its public diplomacy campaigns; if so, when were they undertaken and what were the results.

(2) How many Australian embassies have (a) Facebook, (b) Twitter, and (c) Youtube, accounts, and where are these embassies located.

332  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) How many ambassadors/high commissioners are fluent in the offic ial language of the country in which they are currently posted.

(2) How many departmental officials are considered fluent in (a) Bahasa Indonesia or other Indonesian dialects, (b) Japanese, (c) Mandarin, (d) Hindi, (e) Korean, (f) Arabic, (g) French, and (h) German.

334  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) How many overseas delegations were sponsored by the Government in each calendar year from 2005 to 2010.

(2) From what countries were these delegations, and what were the names and positions of each delegation member.

(3) What was the total cost to the Government of these delegations in each calendar year from 2005 to 2010.

336  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—How many departmental officials accompanied him on each of his overseas trips since the 2010 election, and what were their positions, and what was the total cost to the Government of their travel.

339  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Of the 487 Australian adviser posi tions in Papua New Guinea that were considered by AusAid’s Joint Adviser Review Report, how many are currently filled by former AusAID staff.

(2) How many Canberra-based AusAID officials have travelled to Papua New Guinea since the 2010 election, and what was the total cost of their travel.

(3) In respect of part (2), (a) what was the cost of their travel, (b) where did they stay, (c) what were the names of the hotels in which they stayed, (d) what was the total cost of their accommodation, and (e) were additional security measures required for their travel; if so, at what cost.

(4) How many AusAID officials have visited the Southern Highlands region of Papua New Guinea since the 2010 election.

340  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—How many overseas business class flights were taken by Canberra-based AusAID staff in each calendar year from 2005 to 2010.

341  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—What were the top 10 countries visited by Canberra-based AusAID staff in each calendar year from 2005 to 2010.

343  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) How many cases of alleged corruption in Papua New Guinea (a) are currently being investigated, and (b) were investigated in each calendar year fro m 2005 to 2010.

(2) In each calendar year from 2005 to 2010, how many of the cases in part (1)(b) resulted in (a) dismissal, (b) fine, (c) demotion, or (d) other penalty being handed down.

(3) What sum of money was lost to corruption in Papua New Guinea in each calendar year from 2005 to 2010.

344  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—How many AusAID contracts with service providers were terminated due to corruption or project mismanagement in each calendar year from 2005 to 2010, and can he disclose the names of these service providers.