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Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Page: 179

Consular Assistance: Uninsured Australian Travellers

(Question No. 544)

Ms Julie Bishop asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 18 August 2011:

Does his department have an estimate of the number of uninsured Australian travellers; if so, what is it.

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

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not keep a record of the number of Australians who travel overseas without travel insurance. The Insurance Council of Australia estimates that around 15 to 20 percent of Australians who travel internationally do not have insurance.