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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 204


Senator Abetz asked the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, upon notice, on 25 November 2008:

(1)   In regard to the Minister’s visit to Japan during November 2008: (a) on what dates did the Minister travel; (b) what was the purpose of this visit; (c) can details of the Minister’s itinerary be provided including when the itinerary was first drafted; (d) were any changes made to the itinerary while the Minister was in Japan; if so, what were they; and (e) were any meetings cancelled.

(2)   Did the Minister take a different flight home to that which was originally booked; if so: (a) what flight or flights were taken; (b) what flight or flights was the Minister originally booked on; (c) did this change incur any additional costs; if so, how much; and (d) why was the change made.

(3)   For the Minister, what was the total cost of: (a) travel; (b) accommodation; and (c) any other expenses.

(4) (a)   How many ministerial staff and/or family accompanied the Minister; and (b) for this staff and/or family, what was the cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

(5) (a)   How many departmental staff accompanied the Minister; and (b) for this staff, what was the cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.


Senator Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)  

(a)   17-20 November.

(b)   To meet with Toyota Motor Corporation and the Japanese Science Minister.

(c)   The itinerary was first drafted on 27 October 2008. See attached itinerary.

(d)   No.

(e)   No.

(2)   Yes, the Minister left Japan a day earlier than originally booked.

(a)   Refer to attached itinerary.

(b)   Same flights as in the attached itinerary but departing Japan a day later.

(c)   No.

(d)   The Minister did not attend the Australia-Japan Conference.

(3) (a, b & c)   A report on the costs for overseas Ministerial travel (including family and staff) is tabled every six months by the Department of Finance and Deregulation. Interested Senators may refer to that public document for information on Ministerial travel costs. In addition costs for an interpreter were paid for by the Department. Cost for an interpreter were $2,061.

(4)  

(a)   One staff member.

(b)   A report on the costs for overseas Ministerial travel (including family and staff) is tabled every six months by the Department of Finance and Deregulation. Interested Senators may refer to that public document for information on Ministerial travel costs.

(5)  

(a)   One official.

(b) (i)   $13,120 (ii) $1,292 (iii) $395.

In addition the Department paid for some ground transport other than that used by the Minister - $1,369.

Attachment

Minister Carr’s Itinerary in Japan

Monday 17 November: Melbourne -Tokyo

0630

Depart Melbourne for Sydney on flight QF404 (Qantas)

0755

Arrive Sydney

0930

Depart Sydney for Tokyo on flight JL772 (JAL)

1705

Arrive Tokyo

Tuesday 18 November: Tokyo

1000-1130

Meeting with Miraikan Science Centre

1600-1630

Meeting with Toyota Motor Corp

1700-1730

Meeting with the Japanese Science Minister

1900

Dinner hosted by Toyota Motor Corp

Wednesday 19 November: Tokyo - Melbourne

0900

Depart Hotel for Airport

1130

Depart Tokyo for Singapore on flight SQ637 (Singapore)

1755

Arrive Singapore

2015

Depart Singapore for Melbourne on flight QF10 (Qantas)

Thursday 20 November: Melbourne

0630

Arrive Melbourne