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Wednesday, 4 November 1992
Page: 2659

(Question No. 1961)


Mr McArthur asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, upon notice, on 16 September 1992:

  (1) Did (a) Mr R. Butler, Permanent Representative, UN, New York, (b) Mr R. Walker, Australian Ambassador, UN, Geneva, (c) Mr W. Pearson, Australian Ambassador, Brasilia, (d) Ms N. Redhead, Environment Section, AIDAB, (e) Ms C. Tomkinson, First Secretary, UN, New York, (f) Mr P. Rayner, Australian Embassy, Brasilia, (g) Ms N. Grieve, Head of Mission Secretary, UN, New York, (h) Ms S. Higgins, Administrative Assistant, Australian Embassy, Santiago, (i) Ms J. Lucas, Administrative Assistant, Australian Embassy Brasilia, and (j) Mr W. Worrell, Technical Officer, Australian Embassy, Washington, attend the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 1992; if so, in each case what was the cost in (i) airfares, (ii) accommodation, (iii) travel allowance and (iv) other incidental expenditure.

  (2) Did any other officers, advisers or consultants employed by or under contract to (a) the Minister's office, (b) the Minister's Department or (c) any statutory authority for which the Minister has portfolio responsibility attend the Earth Summit; if so, in each case what was the (i) person's name and position and (ii) cost in (A) airfares, (B) accommodation, (C) travel allowance and (D) other incidental expenditure.

  (3) On what date did each of the persons referred to in parts (1) and (2) (a) depart from and (b) arrive back in Australia or their ordinary home port.

  (4) By what class of travel did each of the persons referred to in parts (1) and (2) travel.

  (5) Were advance purchase airfares sought for any of the persons referred to in parts (1) and (2); if so, which persons used them; if not, why not.

  (6) Does the Minister's Department receive discounts from its appointed travel agent for (a) full economy, (b) business and (c) first class air fares for international travel; if so, what are the discounts.

  (7) Did any of the persons referred to in parts (1) and (2) undertake, at official expense, any side trips further than 60 kilometres from the conference venue; if so, (a) which persons, (b) how many trips were undertaken, (c) what was the purpose of each trip, (d) what was the total cost of the trips and (e) what method of transport was used.

  (8) Did the Minister's Department or any agency for which the Minister has portfolio responsibility fund wholly or in part any persons who attended the Earth Summit as representatives of any conservation, community or cultural group; if so, (a) what was the source of the funds, (b) what total sum was provided, (c) what was the name of each person who was funded, (d) what group did each person represent and (e) when did each person (i) depart from and (ii) arrive back in Australia.


Dr Blewett —The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

  (1) (a) yes; (i) $4,126.82; (ii) $1,138.31; (iii) $643.03; (iv) $68.69

  (b) yes; (i) $5,673.00; (ii) $3,942.30; (iii) $1,670.00; (iv) $266.00

  (c) yes; (i) $730.62; (ii) $3,242.31; (iii) $1,427.85; (iv) $522.34

  (d) yes; (i) $7,984.40; (ii) $2,893.75; (iii) $1,693.67; (iv) $476.01

  (e) yes; (i) $4,121.37; (ii) $3,336.06; (iii) $1,l24.66; (iv) $72.94

  (f) yes; (i) $304.23; (ii) $4,510.12; (iii) $1,715.63; (iv) $1,665.25

  (g) yes; (i) $4,126.82; (ii) $1,676.57; (iii) $850.94; (iv) $32.59

  (h) yes; (i) $1,640.00; (ii) $2,180.31; (iii) $840.00; (iv) NIL

  (i) yes; (i) NIL; (ii) $2,324.38; (iii) $1,257.43; (iv) NIL

  (j) yes; (i) $6,303.63; (ii) $3,208.00; (iii) $1,549.10; (iv) $772.55

  (2) (a) N/A

  (b) yes

  (i) Ms P. A. Wensley, First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  (ii) (A)$7,836.92; (B)$3,441.51; (C)$1,615.69; (D)$190.83; Mr J. Tilemann, Director, Environment and Multilateral Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  (ii) (A)$6,274.45; (B)$3,968.19; (C)$1,877.50; (D)$1,164.81; Ms G. Hamilton, Desk Officer, Environment and Multilateral Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  (ii) (A)$5,614.08; (B)$4,006.99; (C)$1,699.13; (D)$62.10: Mr B Bayly, Public Affairs Officer, International Organisations and Legal Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  (ii) (A)$7,803.94; (B)$3,256.06; (C)$1,768.33; (D)$141.46

  (c) N/A

  (3) (a)

  Departure  Return

Butler   6 June 92   15 June 92

Walker   29 May 92   16 June 92

Pearson   30 May 92   18 June 92

Redhead   29 May 92   19 June 92

Tomkinson   30 May 92   20 June 92

Rayner   25 May 92   18 June 92

Grieve   6 June 92   17 June 92

Higgins   1 June 92   l5 June 92

Lucas   30 May 92   18 June 92

Worrell   28 May 92   16 June 92

Wensley   29 May 92   17 June 92

Tilemann   27 May 92   19 June 92

Hamilton   27 May 92   16 June 92

Bayly   29 May 92   17 June 92

  (4)—

   Butler—Business

   Walker—Business

   Pearson—Economy

   Redhead—Business

   Tomkinson—Business

   Rayner—Economy

   Grieve—Business

   Higgins—Business

   Lucas—Car

   Worrell—Economy/First(1)

   Wensley—First/Business(2)

   Tilemann—Business/Economy

   Hamilton—Business/Economy

   Bayly—Business/Economy

  NB: (1)Mr Worrell escorted safe hand material to and from Rio.

  (2)Business class seat not available on relevant Australian domestic flights.

  (5) Advance purchase discounts are not available for business class travel in the United States, Chile or Switzerland or for economy class travel in Brazil. Embassies overseas obtain the best available fare structure for officers travelling on official business. Advance purchase of tickets was not available for officers travelling from Canberra due to the late approval of the composition of the delegation.

  (6) Discounts of 9% obtained for (a) full economy (b) business and (c) first class air fares for international travel from Australia. They are not available for tickets purchased by overseas posts.

  (7) No officer of the portfolio took a side trip at official expense.

  (8) The Australian International Development Assistance Bureau provided funds for attendance at UNCED of several representatives of Australian and overseas organisations. Details of each arrangement are as follows.

Australian Representatives

AIDAB provides a grant to the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA) for NGO travel for purposes such as attendance at meetings and conferences. Part of the $35,000 total grant provided in 1991-92 was used to fund attendance at UNCED.

ACFOA has provided the following details of UNCED attendees funded

  (a) Source of funds: AIDAB Non-Government Organisation Program

  (b) Total sum provided: $8,500 was used from this grant toward attendance by NGO representatives at UNCED.

  (c) and (d) Names of persons funded and group each person represented:

  Dr Judy Henderson, Director, Community Aid Abroad, Member of ACFOA Executive, NGO representative on the official Australian delegation to UNCED. ($4,000 funding.)

  Mr David Turbayne, Environmental Adviser, ACFOA. ($4,000 funding.)

  Ms Helen Corbett, indigenous Australian representative for Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisations. ($500 funding.)

  (e) Departure and return dates.

  Dr Henderson: departed 29 May 1992, returned 19 June 1992.

  Mr Turbayne: departed 29 May 1992, returned 19 June 1992.

  Ms Corbett: departed 20 May 1992, returned 12 June 1992.

Overseas representatives

  (a) Source of funds: International Seminar Support Scheme

  (b) Total sum provided: $14,310 (for attendance at UNCED, including UNCED's Indigenous Peoples Conference on Habitat, Environment and Development and Global Forum 92).

  (c) and (d) Names of persons funded and group each person represented:

  Mr Palawig Cabalic (Philippines) Ayta Indigenous People (Chairperson and community organiser).

  Mr Ben Jugutan (Philippines) Ayta Indigenous People (Secretary).

  Sr Carmen Balazo (Philippines) Ayta people (community and social worker).

  (e) Departure and return dates:

  Exact details are not available. These attendees travelled through Sydney to Rio de Janeiro and returned to Manila. Their acquittals state that they stayed in Rio de Janeiro for 26 days (both segments of the conference).

  AIDAB also provided $170,000 to the South Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) for SPREP to distribute for representatives from South Pacific countries to attend UNCED. Source of funds was the South Pacific Multi Country Regional Program—Environment Program.