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Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Page: 3385


Senator Barnett asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 21 December 2009:

With reference to the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15):

(1) (a)   What was the total cost of sending the delegation to COP15; and (b) can an itemised breakdown be provided of the costs for each delegate, including: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, (iii) food, (iv) overtime, and (v) other related expenses.

(2) (a)   How many people were in the delegation; and (b) for each delegate: (i) what was their title and status, and (ii) what was the exact number of days spent in Copenhagen or travelling.

(3)   What other costs were directly or indirectly incurred by the delegation.

(4) (a)   What was the carbon footprint incurred by the delegation (i.e. the estimated carbon emissions); and (b) what was the itemised cost for each delegate.


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

(1) (a)   and (b)Information about the total cost of sending the Official Australian Delegation to United Nations Framework Convenion on Climate Change (Copenhagen 15) has been provided in response to Senate Question on Notice 2501, asked by Senator Abetz on 21 December 2009. As at 3 March 2010, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet had incurred the following costs: - Airfares $25,820.29 - Accommodation $19,682.53 - Meals $904.40 - Transport $161.26, and - Miscellaneous $1,069.43 The Australian Government has no records of the costs incurred by members of state or territory governments or of non-government organisations in the Official Australian Delegation. All costs associated with state and territory members of the Official Australian Delegation were paid by the state and territory governments. The Australian Government did not pay for observers from non-government organisations.

(2)   I understand that the Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, Senator the Hon Penny Wong, will provide details about the Official Australian Delegation to COP15 in her response to House of Representatives Question on Notice 1308 asked by Mr Fletcher on 15 March 2010. The Australian Government does not hold records about the role expected of members of state or territory governments or of non-government organisations in the Official Australian Delegation. Questions about those members of the Official Australian Delegation should be directed to the relevant organisations Three staff members from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet attended COP15. They were: - Mr Patrick Suckling, First Assistant Secretary (SES B2), International Division (4 days) - Ms Chelsey Martin, Senior Advisor (EL2), International Division, (8 days), and - Ms Rebecca Christie, Visit Coordinator (EL1), Ministerial Support Unit (11 days).

(3)   Information about the costs of the Official Australian Delegation has been provided in response to Senate Question on Notice 2501, asked by Senator Abetz on 21 December 2009.

(4)   Information about the carbon footprint associated with the Official Australian Delegation has been provided in response to Senate Question on Notice 2506, asked by Senator Ronaldson on 21 December 2009.