Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Page: 202

Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji

(Question No. 627)


Ms Rowland asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs on 23 November 2016:

a) How many times has the Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Rear Admiral (retd.) Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, visited Australia since being elected in 2014.

b) Which Ministers have met with Mr Bainimarama on these visits, and

(a) when, and (b) where, did these meetings take place.

c) Has the Australian Government hosted Mr Bainimarama at any official events on his visits to Australia.


Ms Julie Bishop: The answer to the member's questions are as follows:

a) Prime Minister Bainimarama has visited Australia on numerous occasions since Fiji's election in September 2014. Under the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988, the Government cannot provide information on travel to and from Australia by individuals without their consent. However, it is a matter of public record that Prime Minister Bainimarama has visited Australia in an official capacity and transited Australia on his way to third countries.

b) During a visit to Sydney on 15-19 October 2015 for the Australia-Fiji Business Council Joint Forum and Fiji National Day celebrations, Prime Minister Bainimarama met the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, in his former capacity as Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

During a visit to Sydney on 12-19 October 2016 for a Fiji Trade and Investment Symposium and Fiji National Day celebrations, Prime Minister Bainimarama met Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, the Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

c) The Australian Government has not hosted Prime Minister Bainimarama at any official events during his visits to Australia.