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Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee
25/10/2018
Estimates
FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PORTFOLIO

FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PORTFOLIO

In Attendance

Senator Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (non-trade programs)

Portfolio and budget overview

Ms Frances Adamson, Secretary

Ms Clare Walsh, Deputy Secretary, Global Cooperation, Development and Partnerships Group

Mr Tony Sheehan, Deputy Secretary, International Security, Humanitarian and Consular Group

Mr Daniel Sloper, Chief People Officer

Mr Paul Wood, Chief Finance Officer

Ms Suzanne McCourt, Assistant Secretary, Executive Branch

Outcome 1: The advancement of Australia's international strategic, security and economic interests including through bilateral, regional and multilateral engagement on Australian Government foreign, trade and international development policy priorities

Program 1.1: Forei gn Affairs and Trade Operations

Program 1.2: Official Development Assistance

Program 1.3: Official Development Assistance - M ultilateral Replenishments

Program 1.4: Payments to International Organisations

Program 1.5: New Colombo Plan - Tran sforming Regional Relationships

Program 1.6: Public Information Services and Public Diplomacy

Program 1.7: Programs to promote Australia's International Tourism Interests

Ms Frances Adamson, Secretary

Ms Clare Walsh, Deputy Secretary, Global Cooperation, Development and Partnerships Group

Mr Tony Sheehan, Deputy Secretary, International Security, Humanitarian and Consular Group

Mr Ross Tysoe, Executive Director, Australian Passport Office

Mr Michael Lynch, Assistant Secretary, Passport Client Services Branch

Dr Rob Floyd, Director General, ASNO

Mr Andrew Todd, First Assistant Secretary, Consular and Crisis Management Division

Mr James Gilling, First Assistant Secretary, Contracting and Aid Management Division

Mr Daniel Sloper, Chief People Officer

Mr Jeff Roach, Assistant Secretary, Enterprise Agreement Team

Mr Paul Wood, Chief Finance Officer

Ms Lisa Usback, Assistant Secretary, Financial Management Branch

Mr Luke Williams, Chief Security Officer

Ms Robyn Mudie, Executive Director, Diplomatic Academy

Ms Catherine Raper, First Assistant Secretary, Europe and Latin America Division

Mr Remo Moretta, Assistant Secretary, Europe Trade, United Kingdom and Ireland

Ms Suzanne McCourt, Assistant Secretary, Executive Branch

Mr Peter Versegi, First Assistant Secretary, Development Policy Division and Ambassador for Regional Health Security

Ms Megan Anderson, Acting First Assistant Secretary, Humanitarian NGOs and Partnerships Division

Mr Paul Kelly, Assistant Secretary, Humanitarian Response, Risk and Recovery Branch

Mr Tim Spackman, Chief Information Officer

Dr Sarah Pearson, Chief Innovation Officer

Mr Richard Sadleir First Assistant Secretary, International Security Division

Mr Paul Foley, Ambassador for Counter Terrorism

Mr Tobias Feakin, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs

Mr Geoff Shaw, Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking

Mr Simon Newnham, First Assistant Secretary, Investment and Economic Division and Ambassador for APEC

Mr James Wiblin, Acting First Assistant Secretary, Investment and Economic Division

Ms Edwina Stevens, Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Economic Branch, Investment and Economic Division

Mr David Holly, Assistant Secretary, Office of Economic Analysis, Investment and Economic Division

Mr James Larsen, Chief Legal Officer

Ms HK Yu, First Assistant Secretary, Middle East and Africa Division

Mr Chris Tinning, First Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Development and Finance Division and Chief Economist

Mr Justin Lee, First Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Policy Division

Ms Amy Haddad, Assistant Secretary and Principal Gender Specialist, Gender Equality Branch

Ms Julia Feeney, Assistant Secretary, Sustainability and Climate Change Branch

Mr Graham Fletcher, First Assistant Secretary, North Asia Division

Ms Jennifer Noble, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Development Effectiveness

Mr George Mina, First Assistant Secretary, Office of Trade Negotiations

Mr Andrew Jory, Assistant Secretary, Goods and Market Access Branch

Ms Alison Burrows, Special Negotiator, EU FTA

Mr Paul Schofield, Acting Assistant Secretary, Trade and Investment Law Branch

Mr Dominic Trindade, Assistant Secretary, Services, Investment and Intellectual Property Branch

Mr Kevin Nixon, Executive Director, Overseas Property Office

Ms Kathy Klugman, First Assistant Secretary, Pacific Division

Mr Pablo Kang, Head, Undersea Cables Task Force, Pacific Division

Ms Lyndall Sachs, Chief of Protocol

Ms Trudy Witbreuk, First Assistant Secretary, Regional Trade Agreements Division

Mr Lachlan Crews, Assistant Secretary, Trade and Investment Advocacy Branch

Ms Caroline McCarthy, Assistant Secretary, FTA investment, Digital Trade and Other issues Branch

Mr Todd Mercer, Assistant Secretary, Trade and Investment Advocacy Branch

Mr Andrew Byrne, First Assistant Secretary, Soft Power, Communications & Scholarships Division

Mr Andrew Byrne, First Assistant Secretary, Soft Power Partnerships and Communications Division

Mr Adrian Lochrin, Assistant Secretary, Communications and Parliamentary Branch

Mr Simon Merrifield, First Assistant Secretary, South and West Asia Division

Ms Julie Heckscher, First Assistant Secretary, Southeast Asia Division

Mr Philip Green, First Assistant Secretary, US and Indo-Pacific Strategy Division

Outcome 2: The protection and welfare of Australians abroad and access to secure international travel documentation through timely and responsive travel advice and consular and passport services in Au stralia and overseas

Program 2.1: Consular Services

Program 2.2: Passport Services

Mr Andrew Todd, First Assistant Secretary, Consular and Crisis Management Division

Mr Ross Tysoe, Executive Director, Australian Passport Office

Outcome 3: A secure Australian Government presence overseas through the provision of security services and information and communications technology infrastructure, and the management of the Commonwe alth's overseas property estate

Program 3.1: Foreign Affairs and Trade Security a nd IT

Program 3.2: Overseas Property

Mr Luke Williams, Chief Security Officer

Mr Tim Spackman, Chief Information Officer, Information Management and Technology Division

Mr Kevin Nixon, Executive Director, Overseas Property Office and Services

Department of Foreign Aff airs and Trade (trade programs)

Mr Simon Newnham, First Assistant Secretary, Investment and Economic Division and Ambassador for APEC

Mr James Wiblin, Assistant Secretary, Investment Branch

Mr George Mina, First Assistant Secretary, Office of Trade Negotiations

Mr Andrew Jory, Assistant Secretary, Goods and Market Access Branch

Ms Alison Burrows, Special Negotiator, EU FTA

Mr Paul Schofield, Acting Assistant Secretary, Trade and Investment Law Branch

Mr Dominic Trindade, Assistant Secretary, Services, Investment and Intellectual Property Branch

Ms Trudy Witbreuk, First Assistant Secretary, Regional Trade Agreements Division

Mr Lachlan Crews, Assistant Secretary, Trade and Investment Advocacy Branch

Ms Caroline McCarthy, Assistant Secretary, FTA investment, Digital Trade and Other issues Branch

Mr Todd Mercer, Assistant Secretary, Trade and Investment Advocacy Branch

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic)

Ms Swati Dave, Managing Director and CEO

Mr Stuart Neilson, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer

Mr John Hopkins, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Mr John Pacey, Chief Credit Officer

Mr Jan Parsons, Director, Environmental & Technical Review

Tourism Australia

Ms Karen Halbert, Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Government and Industry, Tourism Australia

Mr Mark Craig, Executive General Manager, Corporate Services, Tourism Australia

Mr Leo Seaton, General Manager Communications and Government, Tourism Australia

Ms Christine Liu, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Services, Tourism Australia

Ms Victoria Maigre, Global Manager Government Relations, Tourism Australia

Austrade

Out come 1: Contribute to Australia' s economic pr osperity by promoting Australia' s export and other international economic interests through the provision of information, advice and services to business, associations, institutions and government.

Progr am 1.1 Promotion of Australia' s export and other international economic interests.

Program 1.2 Programs to promote Australia' s export and other international economic interests.

Dr Stephanie Fahey, Chief Executive Officer

Mr David Hazlehurst, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Mr Tim Beresford, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Ms Kelly Ralston, Chief Client Officer

Mr Rob Donelly, General Manager, Strategy and Business Transformation

Mr Daniel Boyer, General Manager, Government and Partnerships

Mr Nick Nichles, Chief Operating Officer

Mr Graham Putt, Acting General Manager, Trade and Investment

Mr Rob O'Meara, Chief Finance Officer

Outcome 2: The protection and welfare of Australians abroad through timely and responsive consular and passport services in specific locations overseas.

Program 2.1 Consular and Passport Services

Dr Stephanie Fahey, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Nick Nichles, Chief Operating Officer

Committee met at 09 :00

CHAIR ( Senator Abetz ): I declare open this supplementary budget estimates 2018-19 hearing of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee. Today the committee will examine the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio, as set out on the circulated program. The committee has fixed Friday, 2 November 2018 as the date for senators to provide written questions on notice and Friday, 7 December 2018 as the date for the return of answers to questions taken on notice. Information on procedural rules governing the estimates hearings and claims of public interest immunity has been provided to departments and agencies and is available from the secretariat.

The extract read as follows—

Public interest immunity claims

That the Senate—

(a) notes that ministers and officers have continued to refuse to provide information to Senate committees without properly raising claims of public interest immunity as required by past resolutions of the Senate;

(b) reaffirms the principles of past resolutions of the Senate by this order, to provide ministers and officers with guidance as to the proper process for raising public interest immunity claims and to consolidate those past resolutions of the Senate;

(c) orders that the following operate as an order of continuing effect:

(1) If:

(a) a Senate committee, or a senator in the course of proceedings of a committee, requests information or a document from a Commonwealth department or agency; and

(b) an officer of the department or agency to whom the request is directed believes that it may not be in the public interest to disclose the information or document to the committee, the officer shall state to the committee the ground on which the officer believes that it may not be in the public interest to disclose the information or document to the committee, and specify the harm to the public interest that could result from the disclosure of the information or document.

(2) If, after receiving the officer’s statement under paragraph (1), the committee or the senator requests the officer to refer the question of the disclosure of the information or document to a responsible minister, the officer shall refer that question to the minister.

(3) If a minister, on a reference by an officer under paragraph (2), concludes that it would not be in the public interest to disclose the information or document to the committee, the minister shall provide to the committee a statement of the ground for that conclusion, specifying the harm to the public interest that could result from the disclosure of the information or document.

(4) A minister, in a statement under paragraph (3), shall indicate whether the harm to the public interest that could result from the disclosure of the information or document to the committee could result only from the publication of the information or document by the committee, or could result, equally or in part, from the disclosure of the information or document to the committee as in camera evidence.

(5) If, after considering a statement by a minister provided under paragraph (3), the committee concludes that the statement does not sufficiently justify the withholding of the information or document from the committee, the committee shall report the matter to the Senate.

(6) A decision by a committee not to report a matter to the Senate under paragraph (5) does not prevent a senator from raising the matter in the Senate in accordance with other procedures of the Senate.

(7) A statement that information or a document is not published, or is confidential, or consists of advice to, or internal deliberations of, government, in the absence of specification of the harm to the public interest that could result from the disclosure of the information or document, is not a statement that meets the requirements of paragraph (1) or (4).

(8) If a minister concludes that a statement under paragraph (3) should more appropriately be made by the head of an agency, by reason of the independence of that agency from ministerial direction or control, the minister shall inform the committee of that conclusion and the reason for that conclusion, and shall refer the matter to the head of the agency, who shall then be required to provide a statement in accordance with paragraph (3).

(d) requires the Procedure Committee to review the operation of this order and report to the Senate by 20 August 2009.

(13 May 2009 J.1941)

(Extract, Senate Standing Orders)