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Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Page: 1168

Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 25 August 2008:

(1)   What are the department’s guidelines on the purchasing of carbon offsets for air travel.

(2)   In 2008, how many flights undertaken by departmental officials were carbon offsets purchased, and of these, how many were purchased for: (a) business class fares; and (b) economy class fares.

(3)   In the 2007-08 financial year, what was the additional cost to the department of purchasing carbon offsets for travel.

Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The Treasury has no guidelines in relation to the purchasing of carbon offsets for air travel.

(2)   Nil.

(3)   Nil.