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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 the Indian Ocean Territories 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 Local Government, Territories and Roads has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) (a)   The current Administrator’s appointment was announced on 16 October 2003. (b) He commenced the appointment on 20 November 2003.

(2)   The term of the appointment is two years.

(3)   In 2003-04 total expenditure on the Administrator’s publicly funded travel was $6,724; and to date in 2004-05 it is $2,689.

(4)   Pursuant to his appointment on 20 November 2003, the Administrator is not required to provide formal Reports.