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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Page: 8639

Arts: Overseas Travel for Departmental Staff

(Question No. 1087)

Mr Briggs asked the Minister for the Arts, in writing, on 20 June 2012:

For (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10,(c) 2010-11; and (d) 2011-12, what was the total cost of overseas travel for departmental staff?

Mr Crean: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) 2008-09: $86,865.37

(b) 2009-10: $134,867.81

(c) 2010-11: $121,128.34

(d) 2011-12: $67,796.23

Figures include airfares, meals, accommodation and incidentals.

Figures exclude GST and reflect departmental staff from the Office for the Arts, for overseas travel for purposes such as the repatriation of indigenous remains, the development of cultural links with other countries, and travel with industry bodies to promote Australian content.