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Wednesday, 27 June 2001
Page: 28812

Mr Tim Fischer asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 4 June 2001:

(1) Was the Chicago consulate closed in the early 1990s; if so, what one-off costs were involved with the closure.

(2) What one-off costs are anticipated with the decision to re-open the Chicago consulate.

Mr Downer (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —The following is the answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) As part of a restructure of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's (DFAT) representation in the United States, management of the Consulate General in Chicago, and the Consulates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston transferred to Austrade in mid 1993. Subsequent to the transfers, it was determined that Austrade's corporate goals would be more effectively advanced through representation in Atlanta rather than Chicago. The Chicago office closed on 6 August 1993. One-off costs for the closure amounted to $66,545.

(2) Estimated one-off costs associated with the opening of Chicago are $851,000.