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Monday, 10 August 2015
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Special Purpose Flights

(Question No. 720)


Ms Rowland asked the Minister for Defence, in writing, on 12 February 2015:

(1) Which Members and Senators accompanied him to South Australia for the announcement regarding submarines on 10 February 2015.

(2) Were any Members and Senators (including himself) accompanied by staff members; if so, how many.

(3) What was the total cost of travel between Canberra and South Australia for all Members and Senators (including himself) and staff.

(4) Did any of these Members and Senators (including himself) or staff travel business class; if so, how many.

(5) What was the cost of Comcars for all travel to and from South Australia for this event, including Comcars taken to and from the:

(a) airport, and

(b) announcement.

(6) Did any of these Members and Senators (including himself) or staff claim travel allowance during their travel for this announcement; if so,

(a) who, and

(b) what total sum.

(7) Were any Cabcharge cards used by any Members or Senators (including himself) or staff throughout the duration of travel for this announcement; if so,

(a) for what trips, and

(b) at what total sum.

(8) Were any other minor travel expenses claimed by any Members or Senators (including himself) or staff throughout the duration of travel for this announcement; if so

(a) for what expenses, and

(b) at what total sum.


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

(1) to (4) The Schedule of Special Purpose Flights, including passenger names and flight costs, is tabled in Parliament every six months.

(5) to (8) These questions are a matter for the Department of Finance. Such expenses are tabled in the Parliament every six months in a report titled 'Parliamentarians' Entitlements', which is published on the Department of Finance website.