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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 2502

Senator Minchin asked the Minister for Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 25 August 2008:

Did the Minister or Parliamentary Secretary within the Minister’s portfolio travel overseas during July or August 2008; if so:

(1)   Where did the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary travel.

(2)   What was the duration of the travel.

(3)   What was the purpose of the travel.

(4)   For each country visited, what was the total cost to the taxpayer of: (a) travel; (b) accommodation; and (c) any other expenses.

(5)   How many personal staff accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary.

(6)   How many family members accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary.

(7)   In regard to staff and family accompanying the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, what was the total cost of: (a) travel; (b) accommodation; and (c) any other expenses.

(8) (a)   How many departmental officers accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary   Secretary; and (b) what was the total cost of their: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

Cost paid by Finance as at 4 September 2008.

(1)   Japan

(2)   8 July 2008 to 10 July 2008

(3)   Accompany the Prime Minister to the Leaders Meeting of the Major Economics Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change


(a)   $6,040.27

(b)   $728.19

(c)   $126.00

(5)   One

(6)   None

(7) (a)   $6,040.27

(b)   $728 .19

(c)   $42.48


(a)   one

(b) (i)   $10,105

(ii)   $2,291

(iii)   $1,109