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Monday, 23 November 2015
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National Gallery of Australia

(Question No. 789)

Mr Conroy asked the Prime Minister in writing, on 12 May 2015:

In respect of the $25,534.41 tender to the National Gallery of Australia (CN3005572): (a) what is the event; (b) how many people will attend; (c) what is the full itinerary, including social events and meals; and (d) what is the total cost of all associated activities.

Mr Turnbull: As the honourable member is aware, I was sworn in as Prime Minister on 15 September 2015. As the honourable member's question relates to matters before that date, I am advised by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet that The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) The official dinner hosted by the former Prime Minister and Mrs Abbott on 18 March 2015 for the Guest of Government visit by His Excellency Mr Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and Madame Tran Thanh Kiem.

(b) 175 people attended the dinner.

(c) Key elements of the dinner included the meal itself and speeches by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Representative of the Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

(d) Additional costs associated with the event were $18,864.94 (GST exclusive).