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Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Page: 92

Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, upon notice, on 25 August 2008:

(1)   What are the department’s guidelines on the purchasing of carbon offsets for air travel.

(2)   In 2008, how many flights undertaken by departmental officials were carbon offsets purchased, and of these, how many were purchased for: (a) business class fares; and (b) economy class fares.

(3)   In the 2007-08 financial year, what was the additional cost to the department of purchasing carbon offsets for travel.

Senator Faulkner (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has not issued guidelines on purchasing carbon offsets for air travel.

(2)   In 2008 no carbon offset contributions have been made when purchasing flights.

(3)   In 2007-08 no carbon offset contributions were made when purchasing flights.