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Monday, 23 November 2015
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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Departmental Hospitality

(Question No. 1432)

Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 17 August 2015:

In respect of catering and hospitality by the Minister's department in 2014-15, (a) what total sum was spent, (b) for what functions was the catering and hospitality, (c) on what date(s) did each function occur, and at what location(s), and (d) for each function, what sum was spent on (i) meals, (ii) drinks, (iii) hospitality staff, and (iv) other costs.

Ms Julie Bishop: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) For 2014-15, the total amount spent by the Department on catering and hospitality was $5,379,693. The bulk of this was expenditure by Heads of Mission and other DFAT officers at overseas posts as part of their engagement with host government officials and key stakeholders.

Overseas posts also provide hospitality for visiting Government and Opposition Members of Parliament.

(b) Details of specific catering and hospitality functions are maintained on individual files across the Department's domestic and overseas network. To provide these details would entail a significant diversion of resources and, in these circumstances, I do not consider the additional work can be justified.

(c) Refer to (b).

(d) Refer to (b).