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Monday, 31 October 2011
Page: 12260

Bilson, Mr Tony

(Question No. 204)

Mr Briggs asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 22 February 2011:

In respect of the media report 'A rails run on the champers' (Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2010, page 16), is it a fact that chef Mr Tony Bilson was contracted to work at an event held by the Australian High Commission in Bangladesh; if so, (a) on what date and for what purpose was this event held, (b) what sum of money was Mr Bilson paid for his services at this event, (c) did the Government pay for Mr Bilson's airfares and accommodation; if so, what was their combined cost, and (d) what was the total cost to the Government for this event.

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

No. (a) The High Commission has not held any event involving Mr Bilson, (b) nil, (c) no, and (d) nil.