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Tuesday, 10 March 2009
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Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 27 August 2008:

With reference to the answer (PM 41) provided on notice to Senator Fierravanti-Wells during the 2008-09 Budget estimates hearing of the Finance and Public Administration Committee:

(1) (a)   How many family, personal staff and departmental officials accompanied the Prime Minister on his travel to: (i) Kuwait, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan, (ii) East Timor, (iii) Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, and (iv) the United States of America, Belgium, Romania, the United Kingdom and China; and (b) what was the role of each personal staff member travelling with the Prime Minister.

(2)   In regard to the Prime Minister’s travel to Japan and Indonesia between 8 June and 14 June 2008: (a) what was the total cost to the taxpayer of the Prime Minister’s: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses; (b) how many personal staff accompanied the Prime Minister and Ms Rein; (c) what was the role of each personal staff member; (d) what was the total cost for staff and family travelling with the Prime Minister in relation to: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses; and (e) how many departmental officers accompanied the Prime Minster; and what was the total cost of their: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.


Senator Chris Evans (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)  

(a)   zero, three, three; (ii) zero, four, two; (iii) zero, seven, three; (iv) one, 12, four

(b) (i)   Chief of Staff, Senior Policy Adviser, Senior Media Adviser

(ii)   Chief of Staff, Senior Policy Adviser, Media Adviser, Executive Assistant

(iii)   Deputy Chief of Staff, Senior Policy Adviser, Media Adviser, Advancer, Executive Assistant, Executive Assistant, Media Assistant

(iv)   Chief of Staff, Senior Policy Adviser Foreign Affairs, Senior Media Adviser, Senior Adviser Economic, Senior Adviser Climate Change, Media Adviser, Adviser, Advancer, Adviser, Advancer, Executive Assistant, Executive Assistant

(2)  

(a)   As at 19 November 2008 the Department of Finance and Deregulation (Finance) had  paid costs for the following:  

   

(i)   Travel by Special Purpose Aircraft (costs of travel by Special Purpose Aircraft will be tabled in the Parliament by the Department of Defence in accordance with established practice)

(ii)   Accommodation/meals $1,723.56

(iii)   Other expenses: transport $31,332.20, office expenses $65,052.53 (this figure includes the cost of room hire and setup, equipment hire and telecommunications equipment), interpreting expenses $18,584.93, travel allowance $441.00, hospitality $32,725.84, incidentals $655.90

(b)   11

(c)   Chief of Staff and Principal Adviser, Senior Policy Adviser Foreign Affairs, Executive Officer, Senior Press Secretary, Adviser, Press Secretary, Advancer, Advancer, Executive Assistant, Executive Assistant, Media Assistant

(d)   As at 19 November 2008 the Department of Finance and Deregulation (Finance) had paid costs for the following:

(i)   Airfare for advance party $10,254.16. Main party travelled by Special Purpose Aircraft (costs of travel by Special Purpose Aircraft will be tabled in the Parliament by the Department of Defence in accordance with established practice)

(ii)   Accommodation/meals $28,173.02

(iii)   Other expenses: travel allowances $5,432.80, incidentals $1,095.68

(e)   Four. Two travelled as members of the main party to Japan and Indonesia. One officer travelled in advance to Japan. One officer travelled in advance to Indonesia. As at 19 November 2008 the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet had paid costs for the following:

(i)   Airfare $14,332.54

(ii)   Accommodation/meals $3,781.30

(iii)   Other expenses: transport $16,482.93, office accommodation and equipment $7,979.32, incidentals $2,828.89, photographic services $20,436.17 (this figure includes post production, meals, transport and a daily fee for one Auspic officer)