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Friday, 3 June 1988
Page: 3292

(Question No. 963)

Mr Blunt asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 10 May 1988:

(1) Did senior officers of his Department attend a seminar, conference or other meeting in Sydney on or about 7-11 March 1988; if so, (a) how many officers attended, (b) from where did they come, (c) what was the purpose of the meeting and (d) what was the total (i) travel and (ii) accommodation cost to his Department.

(2) Did he encounter any difficulty in communicating with officers of his Department and in undertaking his responsibilities as Minister during this period as a result of this meeting.

(3) Was it necessary to have junior officers acting in more senior positions as a result of the absence of officers at this meeting; if so, what was the cost of the higher duties allowances paid.

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

(1) Several meetings were held in Sydney during the period 7-11 March.

(i) Management Workshop on Restructuring and Job Design.

(ii) Stratplan Release of Unemployment and Sickness Benefits.

(iii) Regional and Area Management (Hunter Area North) New South Wales.

(a) (i) 23 travelled

(ii) 6 travelled

(iii) 26 travelled.

These figures cover all those who travelled to the meetings from outside Sydney regardless of their seniority.

(b) (i) New South Wales, Canberra, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria.

(ii) Canberra

(iii) New South Wales

(c) (i) Discussion of proposed changes from 2nd Tier Wage Agreement and Departmental Restructuring.

(ii) System issues on Unemployment Benefits Program.

(iii) Management issues particularly relating to Family Allowance Supplement.

(d) (i) $14,878.00

(ii) Officers travelling are entitled to Travelling Allowance depending on the duration of the travel.

(2) No.

(3) No.