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Wednesday, 24 October 1984
Page: 2418

(Question No. 1208)

Senator Peter Rae asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State , upon notice, on 5 October 1984:

(1) Does the overseas travel baggage insurance of up to $2,000 for Ministers paid by the Department of the Special Minister of State apply also to: (a) ministerial staff; (b) senators; and (c) members of the House of Representatives ; if not, why not.

(2) Did the Special Minister of State personally take advantage of this facility during his visit to Britain in June 1984.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The arrangements for baggage insurance were introduced decades ago by the government of the day. They apply to Ministers and Opposition office-holders when travelling overseas at official expense and to senators and members who are part of a parliamentary delegation which is funded by my Department. I am not aware of the practice relating to baggage insurance for parliamentary delegations not funded by my Department.

Ministerial and Opposition office-holders' staff are covered by Public Service Determination 2/C/3 (b) which provides for them to be reimbursed an insurance premium on essential personal effects carried by the staff member of a value not exceeding $A2,000.

(2) In accordance with established practice my Department, as a matter of routine, took out baggage insurance on my behalf for my official visit to Britain in June 1984.