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18 March 2009

654  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) How many AusAID staff are assigned to Australia’s aid program for Africa.

(2) Have any AusAID or departmental staff been assigned to support the Governor-General’s trip to Africa during March and early April 2009; if so, for what length of time have individual staff members been assigned to the task of supporting the Governor-General’s trip.

(3) On what date/s did the Governor- General receive invitations from each African nation on the itinerary for the Governor-General’s trip.

(4) What is the estimated cost of the Governor-General’s trip to Africa.

(5) What is the estimated cost of the Government’s bid for a temporary seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council; and does this estimate include any or all of the estimated cost of the Governor-General’s trip to Africa; if so, what is the amount.

(6) How many staff are travelling with the Governor-General on her trip to Africa; and of these, how many are from (a) AusAID; and (b) his department.

(7) In respect of the Government’s request that the Governor-General undertake lobbying on its behalf to support its bid for a temporary seat on the UN Security Council: (a) on what date was this request made to the Governor-General; (b) how was this request made to the Governor-General; (c) what instructions were provided to the Governor-General; and (d) what restrictions, if any, were placed on the Governor-General for making commitments on behalf of the Government.