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Wednesday, 1 November 2006
Page: 249


Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Minister for Small Business and Tourism, in writing, on 9 August 2006:

In respect of the immediate “agreed separation” of Mr Scott Morrison from Tourism Australia, which was announced by the Chair of Tourism Australia on 3 August 2006,

(a)   what contract period was outstanding on that date,

(b)   was the remainder of the contract paid out,

(c)   was the payout $500,000; if not, what was the sum of the payout and what was the contractual basis for the payment,

(d)   was Mr Morrison required to sign a confidentiality clause; if so, does the confidentiality clause prevent him from discussing his relationship with her,

(e)   did Tourism Australia consult her and/or her office, the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, and/or any other Minister, office and/or department regarding the terms of Mr Morrison’s “agreed separation” from Tourism Australia, and

(f)   will she provide the full terms of Mr Morrison’s “agreed separation”; if not, why not.


Fran Bailey (Minister for Small Business and Tourism) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   One year, three months and fourteen days.

(b)   No.

(c)   No. This matter is the subject of a confidential agreement between Tourism Australia and Mr Morrison.

(d)   Mr Morrison was bound by confidentiality provisions in his employment contract and Tourism Australia and Mr Morrison are bound by confidentiality provisions in the agreed terms of his separation.

(e)   The Minister and her Office were informed of the outcome of negotiations between Tourism Australia and Mr Morrison.

(f)   This matter is the subject of a confidential agreement between Tourism Australia and Mr Morrison.