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Wednesday, 4 November 1992
Page: 2661

(Question No. 1963)


Mr McArthur asked the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, upon notice, on 16 September 1992:

  (1) Did (a) Mr P. Ross, Director, UNCED Co-ordination, and (b) Mr J. Tilley, Assistant Secretary, 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) his ministerial office, (b) his Department or (c) any statutory authority for which he 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 air 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.


Mr Crean —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

  (1) Yes, both Mr Paul Ross, Director, UNCED Co-ordination, and Dr John Tilley, Assistant Secretary, attended the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 1992. Details for expenditure (in A$) incurred are:

   Paul Ross   John Tilley

Fares   $7246.20   $6935.09

Accommodation   $2646.00   $2971.87

Travel Allowance   $1308.55   $1633.30

Other Incidentals   $ 424.55   $ 987.30

  (2) (a) Yes (b)(i) Ms Carolyn Rattigan, Director, Commonwealth Policies Section, Land Resources Division, DPIE. (ii) Details of expenses (in A$) incurred by Ms Rattigan are:

  Fares—$6079.20

  Accommodation—$2318.90

  Travel Allowance—$987.64

  Other Incidentals—$637.01

  (c) Nil

  (3)—

   Departure Date   Return Date

Paul Ross   31 May 1992   17 June 1992

John Tilley   29 May 1992   17 June 1992

Carolyn Rattigan   03 June 1992   19 June 1992

  (4) Paul Ross travelled Economy class for all domestic travel and Business class for all international travel. John Tilley travelled Economy class from Rio to Buenos Aires, Business class from Canberra to Sydney, Sydney to LA, and Buenos Aires to Sydney. Dr Tilley is a member of the Ansett frequent flyer scheme and was upgraded from business to first class on the Sydney to Canberra leg. Ms Rattigan travelled Economy class on the domestic legs of the trip and from Brazil to Iguacu, and Business class for the international legs.

  (5) Advance purchase airfares were not utilised as they were not available for business class travel to and from Rio de Janiero.

  (6) The Department receives a discount for international travel but the actual level of discount cannot be disclosed as it is a commercial-in-confidence matter negotiated between the Department and the appointed travel agent.

  (7) Yes (a) Ms Carolyn Rattigan (b) one trip (c) accompanied Minister Griffiths on a 2 day trip on 15 and 16 June to Itaipu Hydro-Electric Scheme and Iguacu Falls, Brazil consistent with her responsibilities for water and land resources policy. This trip was undertaken on completion of official duties in relation to UNCED on 14 June 1992—the final day of the Conference. (d) $841.93 (e) air (economy fare) and hire car.

  (8) No person from a conservation, community or cultural group was funded by the Department to attend the Earth Summit.