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Wednesday, 3 May 1989
Page: 1745

(Question No. 923)

Senator Puplick asked the Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories, upon notice, on 4 April 1989:

(1) In relation to the 4th World Wilderness Congress held in Colorado USA in 1987 could the Minister supply the names of all Commonwealth Government officials who attended and the Departments they represented.

(2) Did any Government Minister or Departmental officials assist in setting the agenda of the Congress, and did any Commonwealth official make any overseas trips prior to the Congress to this effect.

(3) Did the Government make any grants to other parties/individuals in order that they might attend the Congress; if so, what were the names of those people and what organisations did they represent.

(4) What was the total cost to the taxpayer of Australia's involvement in the Congress.

Senator Richardson —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) From my Portfolio, Dr Alison McCusker and Mr Pat Galvin representing the Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories attended the 4th World Wilderness Congress held in Colorado USA in 1987. Mr Graeme Kelleher Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority attended in his capacity of Vice Chairman, Marine and Coastal of the IUCN's Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas. His travel and accommodation costs were met by the US Government which co-sponsored the Congress. One other Commonwealth official attended the Congress as a private citizen meeting his own expenses.

(2) In his IUCN capacity, Mr Kelleher provided a paper (aided by another officer of the Authority), and co-chaired a seminar on conservation of oceans. As far as can be established, no Minister or other Portfolio official contributed to setting of the Congress agenda, nor were there prior overseas trips for this purpose.

(3) No.

(4) The total cost to the taxpayer of Commonwealth Government involvement for travel and subsistence of officials attending the Congress in an official capacity was $16,640.99.