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Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Page: 135

Foreign Affairs and Trade: Departmental Travel

(Question No. 336)


Ms Julie Bishop asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 24 March 2011:

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.


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

Note: Costs are as at 31 March 2011. Some costs have not yet have been finalised.

(a) Mr Rudd travelled to Pakistan and the United States from 15 to 27 September 2010.

Mr Rudd was accompanied by four Canberra-based DFAT staff (two in Washington and two in New York). The positions of the staff members who accompanied Mr Rudd were:

First Assistant Secretary, Americas and Africa Division

Head, UNSC Taskforce

Assistant Secretary, International Organisations Branch

Acting Departmental Liaison Officer

The total cost of the staff members' travel was $57,028.89

(b) Mr Rudd travelled to Japan, Belgium, Italy and the Holy See from 12 to 20 October 2010.

Mr Rudd was accompanied by one Canberra-based DFAT staff member (for the travel to Belgium, Italy and the Holy See). The staff member who accompanied Mr Rudd was Assistant Secretary, Pakistan and Afghanistan Branch.

The total cost of the staff member's travel was $12,517.34

(c) Mr Rudd travelled to China and the Republic of Korea from 31 October to 6 November 2010.

Mr Rudd was accompanied by one Canberra-based DFAT staff member (to all destinations). The staff member who accompanied Mr Rudd was First Assistant Secretary, North Asia Division.

The total cost of the staff member's travel was $13,078.54

(d) Mr Rudd travelled to the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan and Bahrain from 29 November to 6 December 2010.

Mr Rudd was accompanied by two Canberra-based DFAT staff (to all destinations). The positions of the staff members who accompanied Mr Rudd were:

(Acting) First Assistant Secretary, Europe Division

Assistant Secretary, Middle East Branch

The total cost of the staff members' travel was $27,698.36

(e) Mr Rudd travelled to Indonesia, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Brazil and Chile from 8 to 20 December 2010.

Mr Rudd was accompanied by four Canberra-based DFAT staff (two in Indonesia, one in the Middle East, and one in Brazil and Chile). The positions of the staff members who accompanied Mr Rudd were:

First Assistant Secretary, South-East Asia Division

First Assistant Secretary, South and West Asia and Middle East Division

Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues

Assistant Secretary, Canada and Latin America Branch

The total cost of the staff members' travel was $39,665.66

(f) Mr Rudd travelled to Ethiopia, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, Liechtenstein and Germany from 24 January to 7 February 2011.

Mr Rudd was accompanied by five Canberra-based DFAT staff in total (two in Ethiopia, one in Switzerland, one in Turkey and Greece and two in Germany). The positions of the staff members who accompanied Mr Rudd were:

(Acting) First Assistant Secretary, Europe Division

Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch

Assistant Secretary, Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation Branch

Director, UNSC Taskforce

Executive Officer, Climate Change and Environment Section

The total cost of the staff members' travel was $73,168.18

(g) Mr Rudd travelled to South Africa, Egypt, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia from 24 February to 12 March 2011.

Mr Rudd was accompanied by three Canberra-based DFAT staff in total (two in South Africa, Egypt, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Tunisia; and three in the Palestinian Territories, Israel and Saudi Arabia). The positions of the staff members who accompanied Mr Rudd were:

Assistant Secretary, Middle East Branch

Executive Officer, Middle East and Northern Africa Section

Diplomatic Courier

The total cost of the staff members' travel was $76,739.29