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Notice given 25 August 2008

578  Senator Minchin: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) How many ministers and/or parliamentary secretaries travelled overseas during July and August 2008.

(2) (a) Which ministers and parliamentary secretaries travelled overseas; (b) where did they travel; and (c) what was the duration of this travel.

Senator Minchin: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 579-614)—

(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.

583 Minister representing the Treasurer

603 Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 13 November 2008 )

604 Minister representing the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 13 November 2008 )

611 Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 13 November 2008 )

 

Senator Minchin: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 615-650)—

(1) How many departmental officers are working in the office of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary.

(2) How many of these staff are Departmental Liaison Officers.

(3) How many departmental officers, on secondment from the department, are in the office of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary in personal staff positions.

616 Minister representing the Minister for Education

617 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

618 Minister representing the Minister for Social Inclusion

620 Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

621 Special Minister of State

622 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

623 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

625 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

627 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation

628 Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

629 Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

631 Minister for Climate Change and Water

639 Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer

640 Minister representing the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs

641 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

644 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 27 August 2008 )

648 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing on 27 August 2008 )

649 Minister representing the Minister for Youth ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 27 August 2008 )

650 Minister representing the Minister for Sport ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing on 27 August 2008 )

Senator Minchin: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 651-686)—

(1) Did the Minister or Parliamentary Secretary within the Minister’s portfolio attend any event at the Beijing Olympic Games; if so, which events did the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary attend.

(2) Was the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary accompanied by: (a) family; (b) personal staff; and (c) departmental officials; if so, how many.

(3) Did any officials from the department attend the Beijing Olympic Games in their capacity as an employee of the Australian Government; if so, how many and in what capacity did they attend.

(4) In regard to the attendance by the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary and/or departmental officials at the Beijing Olympic Games, what was the total cost of: (a) travel; (b) accommodation; and (c) any other expenses.

651 Minister representing the Prime Minister

652 Minister representing the Minister for Education

 

 653 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

654 Minister representing the Minister for Social Inclusion

655 Minister representing the Treasurer

656 Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

657 Special Minister of State

658 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

659 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

660 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

662 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

663 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation

664 Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

665 Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

666 Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

667 Minister for Climate Change and Water

668 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

669 Minister representing the Attorney-General

670 Minister for Human Services

671 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

672 Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy

673 Minister representing the Minister for Tourism

674 Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs

675 Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 27 November 2008 )

676 Minister representing the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 27 November 2008 )

677 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

678 Minister representing the Minister for Housing

679 Minister representing the Minister for the Status of Women

680 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 27 August 2008 )

681 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 28 August 2008 )

682 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy

683 Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 27 November 2008 )

685 Minister representing the Minister for Youth ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 27 August 2008 )

Senator Minchin: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 687-722)—Did the Minister or Parliamentary Secretary within the Minister’s portfolio travel overseas during July or August 2008; if so:

(1) Where did the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary travel.

 

 (2) What was the duration of the travel.

(3) What was the purpose of the travel.

(4) For each country visited, what was the total cost to the taxpayer of: (a) travel; (b) accommodation; and (c) any other expenses.

(5) How many personal staff accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary.

(6) How many family members accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary.

(7) In regard to staff and family accompanying the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, what was the total cost of: (a) travel; (b) accommodation; and (c) any other expenses.

(8) (a) How many departmental officers accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary; and (b) what was the total cost of their: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

687 Minister representing the Prime Minister

688 Minister representing the Minister for Education

689 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

690 Minister representing the Minister for Social Inclusion

691 Minister representing the Treasurer

692 Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

693 Special Minister of State

694 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

695 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

696 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

699 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation

700 Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

701 Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

702 Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

703 Minister for Climate Change and Water

704 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

705 Minister representing the Attorney-General

706 Minister for Human Services

707 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

708 Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy

709 Minister representing the Minister for Tourism

710 Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs

711 Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer

712 Minister representing the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs

713 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

716 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 27 August 2008 )

717 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 28 August 2008 )

 

 718 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy

719 Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law

721 Minister representing the Minister for Youth ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 27 August 2008 )

723  Senator Minchin: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the answer (PM 41) provided on notice to Senator Fierravanti-Wells during the 2008-09 Budget estimates hearing of the Finance and Public Administration Committee:

(1) (a) How many family, personal staff and departmental officials accompanied the Prime Minister on his travel to: (i) Kuwait, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan, (ii) East Timor, (iii) Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, and (iv) the United States of America, Belgium, Romania, the United Kingdom and China; and (b) what was the role of each personal staff member travelling with the Prime Minister.

(2) In regard to the Prime Minister’s travel to Japan and Indonesia between 8 June and 14 June 2008: (a) what was the total cost to the taxpayer of the Prime Minister’s: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses; (b) how many personal staff accompanied the Prime Minister and Ms Rein; (c) what was the role of each personal staff member; (d) what was the total cost for staff and family travelling with the Prime Minister in relation to: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses; and (e) how many departmental officers accompanied the Prime Minster; and what was the total cost of their: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.