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Monday, 23 November 2009
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Senator Barnett asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 17 September 2009:

(1)   What is the number, cost and routes of all Prime Ministerial and ministerial jet services since November 2007.

(2)   Have ministerial staff, other political staff or anyone else other than jet service personnel, travelled on such jet services unaccompanied by the Prime Minister or Minister; if so, can details of these occurrences be provided.

(3)   What are the rules or protocols applicable to the use of ministerial travel, including travel by the Prime Minister.

Senator Faulkner (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) The number, cost and routes of all Prime Ministerial and Ministerial Special Purpose Aircraft Flights are listed in the Schedule of Special Purpose Flights, tabled in Parliament every six months. The last Schedule of Special Purpose Flights was tabled in Parliament 25 June 2009 and included details of travel for the period 1 June to 31 December 2008. The next Schedule of Special Purpose Flights is planned to be tabled in Parliament on 26 November 2009 and will include details of travel for the period 1 January 2009 to 30 June 2009.

(3)   The rules and protocols which dictate the use of Special Purpose Aircraft are outlined in the “Revised Principles for the Use of Special Purpose Aircraft” that was issued by the Special Minister of State on 23 September 2002. These are currently being reviewed by the Office of the Minister for Defence in conjunction with Air Force.