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Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Page: 9112

Mr Melham asked the Prime Minister, in writing, on 25 June 2008:

In respect of the visit by the Governor-General to Belgium in July 2007: (a) what sum was spent by the Government on (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, (iii) security, and (iv) other expenses (including meals and incidentals); and (b) where did the Governor-General stay throughout this journey.

Mr Rudd (Prime Minister) —I am advised by the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor General that the answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a) (i)   $103,551;

(ii)   $21,434 (includes meals);

(iii)   Not available.  The Australian Federal Police does not provide detail on security arrangements or protection for the Governor General, as doing so may compromise the Governor General’s security;

(iv)   $9,879 (includes costs relating to phone/fax, courier, staff allowances, local visits and transport, and laundry).

(b)   The Governor-General stayed at the Amigo Hotel in Brussels (10 - 16 July 2007).