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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 249

Department of Agriculture: Serana (WA) Pty Ltd

(Question No. 498)

Ms MacTiernan asked the Minister for Agriculture, in writing, on 30 September 2014:

What is the total cost to his department of the investigation into Serana (WA) Pty Ltd, and what is the breakdown for (a) court proceedings (including costs awarded against his department), (b) commercial (i) airfares, (ii) car hire, and (iii) accommodation, and (c) charter aircraft between Perth and Bunbury.

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

As at 27 November 2014, the total costs of the Serana investigation were as follows:

(a) Court proceedings totalled $220 169.71. This included legal fees and settlement costs.

(b) (i) Airfare costs for a total of 20 return flights to Perth, Melbourne, Hobart and Canberra $ 8 032.29

(ii) Car hire costs for two vehicles to travel return from Perth to Bunbury $481.83

(iii) Accommodation costs for total of 20 trips to Perth, Melbourne, Hobart and Canberra where overnight accommodation was required $6 855.25

Other costs include freight costs for the transportation of evidence totalling $1896.75:

(c) The department did not charter an aircraft between Perth and Bunbury.