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Tuesday, 25 November 1986
Page: 3713

(Question No. 4307)


Mr White asked the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, upon notice, on 5 June 1986:

(1) What is the (a) number, (b) commencement date, (c) duration, (d) purpose, of overseas journeys undertaken by him since March 1983.

(2) What is the name of the (a) countries, (b) cities and (c) towns visited by him on each of these journeys.

(3) What Government funds were expended on (a) himself, his family and staff for (b) (i) accommodation (ii) meals (iii) travel and (iv) other expenses during these visits.


Mr John Brown —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) There have been five overseas visits from March 1983 to 1985.

Visit 1: (b) Commenced 31 October 1983; (c) Duration: 5 weeks; (d) Purpose: Investigate the establishment of family leisure centres. Visit facilities and organisations relevant to sport and tourism.

(2) (a) Countries visited: Singapore, Italy, Hong Kong, Greece, West Germany, United Kingdom, Unites States of America, Japan.

(b) Cities visited: Singapore, Rome, Athens, Frankfurt, London, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong.

(c) Towns visited: Nil.

(3) (a) Accommodation and meals-Minister* 10,590.40, staff 4,781.44. Travelling allowance-Minister 2,142.00, staff 629.42. Fares-Minister* 28,765.36, staff 14,391.95. Other expenses-Car hire 5,878.79, hospitality 1,715.84, excess baggage 100.00, miscellaneous 105.66, other costs 430.46.

* includes spouse.

Visit 2: (b) Commenced 13 March 1984; (c) Duration: 3 days; (d) Purpose: Invited by New Zealand Government to discuss tourism matters.

(2) (a) Country visited: New Zealand; (b) Cities visited: Christchurch, Auckland; (c) Towns visited: Nil.

(3) (a) Accommodation and meals-Minister Nil, staff nil. Travelling allowance-Minister 189.00, staff 32.26. Fares-Minister*1,832.00, staff 916.00. Other expenses-Hospitality 486.15, miscellaneous 69.68.

* includes spouse.

Visit 3: 1 (b) Commenced 17 July 1984; (c) Duration 4 weeks; (d) Purpose: Discussions on tourism and sport; represent Australian Government at the Olympic Games.

2 (a) Countries visited: Greece, Italy, United Kingdom, United States of America.

(b) Cities visited: Athens, Rome, Milan, London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco.

(c) Towns Visited: Nil.

3 (a) Accommodation and Meals-Minister* 13 818.88, Staff 6 044.87. Travelling Allowance-Minister 1 827.00, Staff 544.34. Fares-Minister* 13 517.49, Staff 6 946.49. Other expenses-Car Hire 15 853.58, Excess Baggage 100.00, Miscellaneous 89.23, General 4 104.71.

* includes spouse.

Visit 4: (b) Commenced 15 June 1985; (c) 1 Month; (d) Purpose: Attend Australia Day at Expo 85. Discussions on tourism and sport.

2 (a) Countries visited: Japan, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Austria, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Singapore, Thailand.

(b) Cities visited: Tokyo, Moscow, Budapest, Vienna, Rome, Paris, London, Singapore, Bangkok.

(c) Towns visited: Nil.

3 (a) Accommodation and Meals-Minister* $10 266.60, Staff 4 326.11. Travelling Allowance-Minister 1 953.00, Staff 349.37. Fares-Minister* 13 901.00, Staff 7 158.00. Other expenses-Car Hire 4 851.12, Miscellaneous 1 626.39.

Visit 5: 1 (b) Commenced 29 July 1985; (c) Duration 4 days; (d) Purpose: Guest of New Zealand Government.

2 (a) Country visited: New Zealand; (b) City visited: Auckland; (c) Towns visited: Nil.

3 (a) Accommodation and Meals-Minister 289.91, Staff 17.45. Travelling Allowance-Minister 252.00, Staff 41.65. Fares-Minister 971.00, Staff 971.00. Other expenses-Excess baggage 100.00, Hospitality 619.66, Miscellaneous 32.10.

* includes spouse.