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Monday, 13 October 2008
Page: 5865


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 25 August 2008:

(1)   What are the department’s guidelines on the purchasing of carbon offsets for air travel.

(2)   In 2008, how many flights undertaken by departmental officials were carbon offsets purchased, and of these, how many were purchased for: (a) business class fares; and (b) economy class fares.

(3)   In the 2007-08 financial year, what was the additional cost to the department of purchasing carbon offsets for travel.


Senator Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) —The Minister for Education has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The department currently does not have any guidelines regarding the purchasing of carbon offsets for air travel.

(2)   None.

(3)   Not applicable.