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Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Page: 1171


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, 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 Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The Minister did not attend any event at the Beijing Olympic Games.

(2)   N/A

(3)   No officials from the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts attended the Beijing Olympic Games in their capacity as an employee of the Australian Government.

(4)   N/A