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Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Page: 1172

Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy, 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 Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   No.

(2)   Not applicable.

(3)   & (4) Please refer to the answers provided to parts (3) and (4) in Question number 666.