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Monday, 10 November 2008
Page: 115

Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, 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 Sherry (Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law) —The Minister for Finance and Deregulation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The Department does not have a guideline on purchasing of carbon offsets for air travel.

(2)   In 2008, carbon offsets were not purchased for any of the flights undertaken by departmental officials.

(3)   In the 2007-08 financial year, there were no additional costs to the Department for purchasing carbon offsets.