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Monday, 14 March 2005
Page: 143

Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 23 December 2004:

(1)   On what date: (a) was the appointment of the current Administrator of Norfolk Island announced; and (b) did the Administrator commence the appointment.

(2)   What is the term of the Administrator’s appointment.

(3)   Will the Minister provide details, by financial year, of the Administrator’s publicly-funded travel.

(4) (a)   On what dates has the Administrator provided formal Reports to the Minister; and (b) will the Minister provide copies of these Reports; if not, why not.

Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) (a)   The appointment of the current Administrator of Norfolk Island was announced on 29 August 2003. (b) The Administrator commenced the appointment on 1 November 2003.

(2)   Administrators are appointed by the Governor-General on an ‘at pleasure’ basis.

(3)   Details of the current Administrator’s publicly-funded travel expenses are:

  • 2004-05 (YTD at 20 January 2005): $4,571
  • 2003-04: $16,322

(4) (a)   The Administrator provides formal Reports to the Minister on a monthly basis. (b) The Administrator’s reports are not generally available in order to protect the frankness of reporting.