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Monday, 16 November 2009
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Ms Julie Bishop asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 15 September 2009:

(1)   What was his purpose for attending the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Egypt on 15 and 16 July 2009.

(2)   How many staff and officials attended the summit with him.

(3)   How many staff and officials travelled with him to (a) Malta, and (b) Hungary.

(4)   What are the names of the hotels that he and any staff or officials accompanying him stayed at in (a) Egypt, (b) Malta, and (c) Hungary.

(5)   What was the total cost to the Government associated with the attendance of all staff and officials accompanying him to this summit.

(6)   What was the total cost to the Government of the trip, including his travel to Malta and Hungary.

(7)   What are the names, titles and nationalities of the people with whom he met whilst on this trip, and on what date(s) were the meeting(s) held, and what was discussed at each.

(8)   Was Australia’s bid for a temporary United Nations Security Council seat discussed at any meetings; if so, what were the (a) names of all attendees at, (b) date(s) of, and (c) location(s) of, these meeting(s).

(9)   Did he meet any representatives from the People’s Republic of China at the summit; if so, what were their names, and the date(s) and location(s) of these meetings.

(10)   Did he request anything from any Chinese officials regarding Mr Stern Hu; if so, what.

(11)   Were any undertakings given by any Chinese officials regarding Mr Stern Hu; if so, what were they.

(12)   Are all of Australia’s rights under the ‘Agreement on Consular Relations between Australia and the People’s Republic of China’, effective from 15 September 2000, being respected; if not, which ones, and has the Government raised this with the People’s Republic of China.

Mr Stephen Smith (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:


In relation to those parts of the question that request information on the cost of my overseas travel and that of my personal staff, please refer to the report Parliamentarians’ travel costs paid for by the Department of Finance and Deregulation (DoFD), which is tabled biannually giving details of dates, purpose of travel, countries of destination and costs of visits. The response to questions (5) and (6) covers those costs incurred by the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio.

(1)   I attended the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in order to meet with a range of my Foreign Ministerial counterparts to discuss Australia’s multilateral and foreign policy priorities and important global challenges, such as disarmament, food security, the global recession and climate change. The Non-Aligned Movement includes almost two-thirds of the members of the United Nations and over half of the world’s population. Its Summit is the largest regular gathering of world leaders outside of the United Nations General Assembly.

(2)   Six staff and officials attended the NAM Leaders summit with me. Although they did not attend the summit, another thirteen staff and officials were in Sharm El-Sheikh to provide support for my attendance at the summit. Of the thirteen, seven were from the Australian Embassy in Cairo, including five locally-engaged staff.


(a)   Two staff members from the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs travelled with me to Malta.

(b)   Two staff members from the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs travelled with me to Hungary.


(a)   While in Sharm El-Sheikh I stayed at the Grand Rotana Resort and Spa. Accompanying staff and officials stayed in the Grand Rotana Resort and Spa, and the Coral Beach Rotana Resort.

(b)   While in Malta, the accompanying staff and I stayed at the High Commissioner’s residence.

(c)   No hotel accommodation was required in Budapest as I transited only.

(5)   The total cost to the portfolio associated with the attendance of all staff and officials at this summit was $117,765.00.

(6)   The total cost to the portfolio associated with the trip, including my travel to Malta and Hungary, was $120,017.39.

(7)   While on this trip I met formally or informally with the following people to discuss issues of mutual interest. Malta (13 July 2009): 1.     Tonio Borg, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Malta Malta (14 July 2009): 2.     George Abela, President, Malta 3.     Lawrence Gonzi, Prime Minister, Malta 4.     Michael Frendo, MP, Malta Hungary (14 July 2009): 5.     Peter Balazs, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hungary Cairo (14 July 2009): 6.     Jean Ping, Chair, African Union, Gabon Sharm El-Sheikh (15 July 2009): 7.     Carlos Morales Troncoso, Foreign Minister, Dominican Republic 8.     Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Foreign Minister, Egypt 9.     Bernard Membe, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Tanzania 10.   Francisco Santos, Vice President, Colombia 11.   Assuncao Afonso Dos Anjos, Foreign Minister, Angola 12.   Soubanh Srithirath, Minister to the President, Laos 13.   Amre Moussa, Secretary-General, League of Arab States 14.   Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates 15.   Sam Kahamba Kutsea, Foreign Minister, Uganda 16.   Osman Saleh Mohammed, Foreign Minister, Eritrea 17.   Leonel Fernandes Reyna, President, Dominican Republic 18.   Augustin Nsanze, Foreign Minister, Burundi 19.   Sujata Koirala, Foreign Minister, Nepal 20.   Ahmed Shaheed, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maldives 21.   Arvin Boolell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mauritius 22.   Zacarias Albano da Costa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, East Timor 23.   Peter David, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Grenada 24.   Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and International Cooperation, Guyana 25.   Robert Aisi, Permanent Representative to the UN, PNG 26.   Christopher Hackett, Permanent Representative to the UN, Barbados 27.   Raymond Wolfe, Permanent Representative to the UN, Jamaica 28.   Marina Valere, Permanent Representative to the UN, Trinidad and Tobago 29.   Donatus St Aimee, Permanent Representative to the UN, St Lucia 30.   John Ashe, Permanent Representative to the UN, Antigua and Barbuda 31.   Yousef bin Alawi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Oman 32.   George Yeo, Foreign Minister, Singapore 33.   Riyad al-Malki, Foreign Minister, Palestinian Authority 34.   Rohitha Bogollagama, Foreign Minister, Sri Lanka 35.   Alberto Romulo, Foreign Secretary, Philippines 36.   Ato Seyoum Mesfin, Foreign Minister, Ethiopia 37.   Lyn Pascoe, Undersecretary for Political Affairs, United Nations 38.   Kasit Piromya, Foreign Minister, Thailand 39.   Dato’ Sri Najib Razak, Prime Minister, Malaysia 40.   Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Foreign Minister, Afghanistan 41.   Somanahalli Krishna, Foreign Minister, India 42.   Nur Hassan Wirajuda, Foreign Minister, Indonesia 43.   Datuk Anifah Aman, Foreign Minister, Malaysia 44.   Bernard Kamillius Membe, Foreign Minister, Tanzania 45.   Vuk Draskovic, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Serbia 46.   Tibor Toth, Executive Secretary, Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation 47.   Markos Kyprianou, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cyprus 48.   Sujata Koirala, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nepal 49.   Paul Toungui, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, Francophonie and Regional Integration, Gabon 50.   U Nyan Win, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Burma 51.   Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations 52.   Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pakistan 53.   Samuel Santos López, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nicaragua 54.   Rosemary Museminali, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rwanda 55.   Benita Ferrero-Waldner Commissioner, External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy, European Union (Austrian) 56.   Oldemiro Baloi, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mozambique 57.   Dipu Moni, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh 58.   Frank Belfrage, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Sweden 59.   Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestinian Authority 60.   Henry Ayissi, Minister of External Relations, Cameroon 61.   Fawzi Salloukh, Minister for Foreign and Emigrants’ Affairs, Lebanon 62.   Sheikh Sabah, Emir, Kuwait 63.   Matti Vanhanen, Prime Minister, Finland 64.   Hamid Karzai, President, Afghanistan 65.   Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, India 66.   Ahmed Ben Said Jaffar, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Comoros 67.   Mahinda Rajapaksa, President, Sri Lanka 68.   Patrick Pillay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Seychelles 69.   King Mswati III of Swaziland 70.   Gloria Arroyo, President, Philippines 71.   Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt and Chair of the NAM Sharm El-Sheikh (16 July 2009): 72.   Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Democratic Republic of Congo 73.   Gambi Antoine, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Central African Republic 74.   Abbas el Fassi, Prime Minister, Morocco 75.   Alrich Nicolas, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Worship, Haiti 76.   Alhaji Mumuni, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ghana 77.   Fayssel Mekdad, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Syria 78.   He Yafei, Vice Minister, China 79.   Mohlabi Tsekoa, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Lesotho 80.   Manouchehr Mottaki, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Iran 81.   Kabinga Pande, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zambia 82.   Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yemen 83.   Tariq al Hashimi, Vice President, Iraq 84.   George Kunda, Vice President, Zambia 85.   Zelho Komsic, Chairman of the Presidency, Bosnia Herzegovina

(8)   During my visit, I discussed Australia’s United Nations Security Council bid directly or indirectly in the context of Australia’s commitment to the multilateral system.

(9)   Yes. I met Mr He Yafei (Chinese Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs) on 16 July in Sharm el Sheikh, in the margins of the Non-Aligned Movement Summit.

(10)   Yes. I raised the Stern Hu consular case with Mr He. I asked for more information on the circumstances surrounding the case and said that the matter needed to be handled expeditiously.

(11)   Vice Minister He Yafei provided me with additional information. Mr He said that the investigation was continuing on allegations that included allegations of receiving bribes and improperly obtaining commercial secrets. Mr He said that when it was brought to a conclusion a decision would be made to charge Mr Hu. When Mr Hu was charged, the precise details would be there for all to see. Mr He made it clear that the Chinese regarded this as an individual criminal matter, and were not treating it as a more general matter. They wanted the matter to be treated in the context of Chinese law and procedures.

(12)   Yes.