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Thursday, 22 September 2011
Page: 11238

Ministerial Conduct


WYATT ROY (Longman) (15:01): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to the excessive travel costs incurred by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Will the Prime Minister commit to examining the foreign minister's phone records for his current trip to ensure that he has not been making excessive phone calls back to Australia?


Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (15:02): I can see why they got the member who asked the question to ask this one. Can I say to the member: the government will continue to do all things that are necessary so that when ministers travel there is prudence about the expenditure. I presume they asked the member who did ask this question to be the person who asked it in the parliament because none of the former Howard ministers wanted to ask the question, presumably because they used to be advised every day to spend up.