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Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Page: 1170

Senator Minchin asked the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, upon notice, on 25 August 2008:

(1)   Did the Minister or Parliamentary Secretary within the Minister’s portfolio attend any event at the Beijing Olympic Games; if so, which events did the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary attend.

(2)   Was the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary accompanied by: (a) family; (b) personal staff; and (c) departmental officials; if so, how many.

(3)   Did any officials from the department attend the Beijing Olympic Games in their capacity as an employee of the Australian Government; if so, how many and in what capacity did they attend.

(4)   In regard to the attendance by the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary and/or departmental officials at the Beijing Olympic Games, what was the total cost of: (a) travel; (b) accommodation; and (c) any other expenses.

Senator Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   No.

(2)   Not applicable.

(3)   Yes. Two departmental officials from the National Measurement Institute were invited by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games as both are part of the Australian World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory. These officers worked as expert scientists in the Beijing sports drug test laboratory during the 2008 games.

(4)   Costs incurred by the department for officials were:

(a)   Travel - $2209.94,

(b)   Accommodation - N/A,

(c)   Other Expenses - $446.06.