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Notice given 18 March 2009

1440  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

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

(2) Have any AusAID and/or departmental staff been assigned to support the Governor-General’s trip to Africa during March and early April 2009; if so, for how long has each staff member been assigned.

(3) When did the Governor-General receive invitations from each African nation on the itinerary.

 

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

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

(6) How many staff will be travelling with the Governor-General.

(7) How many AusAID and/or departmental staff will be travelling with the Governor-General.

(8) In regard to the lobbying the Governor-General is to undertake on the Government’s behalf in support of the Government’s bid for a temporary seat on the UN Security Council: (a) when did the Government make this request; (b) how did the Government make this request; (c) what instructions did the Government give to the Governor-General; and (d) what restrictions, if any, were placed on the Governor-General to make commitments on behalf of the Government.