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Monday, 13 October 2008
Page: 5867


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General and the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs, 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 Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Attorney-General and the Minister for Home Affairs have provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   I am advised that the Attorney-General’s Department does not currently have a policy on purchasing carbon offsets for air travel.

(2)   I am advised that no flights undertaken by departmental officials in 2008 included the purchase of carbon offsets.

(3)   I am advised that there was no additional cost to the Department of purchasing carbon offsets for travel for 2007-08.