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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
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Senator Minchin asked the Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law, 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 Sherry (Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   Senator the Hon Nick Sherry travelled to Canterbury, New Zealand and to New York and Washington D.C., U.S.A. during July and August.

Trip no. 1. - Canterbury, New Zealand

Trip no. 2. - New York and Washington D.C., U.S.A.

(2) What was the duration of the travel?

Two days (departed Australia on 24/7/08 and returned on 25/7/08)

(3) What was the purpose of the travel?

To attend and chair the Ministerial Council for Corporations (MINCO) Meeting.

 (4) (a)  What was the total cost to the taxpayer of  travel?

$2435

(4) (b)  What was the total cost to the taxpayer of  accommodation?

$957* individual accounts not available therefore this is the cost for Senator Sherry and his Chief of Staff.

(4) (c)  What was the total cost to the taxpayer

of  any other expenses?

$142

(5)           How many personal staff accompanied the  Minister?

One

(6)           How many family members accompanied

the Minister?

Nil

(7) (a) In regard to staff and family accompanying the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, what was the total cost of travel?

$2435

(7) (b) In regard to staff and family accompanying the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, what was the total cost of accommodation?

* Included with Minister’s costs

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

$38

(8)(a) How many departmental officers accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary?

Nil

(8)(b) What was the total cost of their: (i) travel  (ii) accommodation (iii) any other expenses?

Nil

(2) What was the duration of the travel?

Seven days (departed Australia on 20/8/08 and returned on 27/8/08)

(3) What was the purpose of the travel?

To sign the Framework Agreement between the US and Australia on Mutual Recognition of Securities Regulation in Washington; to  meet ministerial counterparts and finance regulators and discuss securities market regulation, the global financial and credit situation and banking operations.

 (4) (a)  What was the total cost to the taxpayer of  travel?

$15,384

(4) (b)  What was the total cost to the taxpayer of  accommodation?

$1414* (individual accounts not available therefore this is the cost for Senator Sherry and his Chief of Staff).

(4) (c)  What was the total cost to the taxpayer of  any other expenses?

$801

(5)           How many personal staff accompanied the  Minister?

One

(6)           How many family members accompanied the Minister?

Nil

(7) (a) In regard to staff and family accompanying the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, what was the total cost of travel?

$16,013

(7) (b) In regard to staff and family accompanying the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, what was the total cost of accommodation?

* Included with Minister’s costs

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

$613

(8)(a) How many departmental officers accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary?

Nil

(8)(b) What was the total cost of their: (i) travel  (ii) accommodation (iii) any other expenses?

Nil