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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 2496


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 25 August 2008:

(1)   Did the Minister or Parliamentary Secretary within the Minister’s portfolio attend any event at the Beijing Olympic Games; if so, which events did the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary attend.

(2)   Was the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary accompanied by: (a) family; (b) personal staff; and (c) departmental officials; if so, how many.

(3)   Did any officials from the department attend the Beijing Olympic Games in their capacity as an employee of the Australian Government; if so, how many and in what capacity did they attend.

(4)   In regard to the attendance by the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary and/or departmental officials at the Beijing Olympic Games, what was the total cost of: (a) travel; (b) accommodation; and (c) any other expenses.


Senator Faulkner (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade have provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Yes. The Minister for Trade attended the Olympics Opening Ceremony on 8 August, the rowing heats on 9 August and the swimming finals on 10 and 11 August.

(2)   Please refer to the response to Questions on Notice Nos. 694 and 695.

(3)   Yes. Seven A-based staff of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade based at the Embassy in Beijing attended some Beijing Olympic Games events from 8 to 24 August 2008 to accompany high level visitors.

(4)   Please refer to the response to Questions on Notice Nos. 694 and 695.