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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 193


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 22 December 2004:

(1)   What was the nature and duration of the official departmental visits to Norfolk Island in September 2003, October 2003 and March 2004 as reported on page 106 of the department’s annual report for 2003-04.

(2)   For each official visit:

(a)   which officers participated and in what capacity; and

(b)   what was the cost of each visit.


Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The then Minister, the Hon Wilson Tuckey MP, and the then Administrator Designate, the Hon Grant Tambling, visited Norfolk Island from 24 to 26 September 2003. They were accompanied by ministerial staff and departmental officers. The purpose of the visit was to allow for ongoing discussions between the Minister and the Norfolk Island Government on a number of matters and provided an opportunity for the Administrator Designate to meet with Norfolk Island Government representatives and members of the community and to become acquainted with some of issues prior to taking up his official appointment from 1 November 2003.

The primary purpose for Departmental officers visiting Norfolk Island on 1 to 4 October 2003 was to attend the 43rd meeting of the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) Management Board. Officers also held meetings/discussions with number of people/bodies on a number of matters including in relation to the refurbishment of Kingston Pier.

The then Minister, Senator the Hon Ian Campbell, visited Norfolk Island on 30 and 31 October 2003. (Senator Campbell became Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads on 7 October 2003). He was accompanied by ministerial staff and departmental officers. The purpose of the visit was to allow the new Minister to familiarise himself with Norfolk Island and to meet and have discussions with Norfolk Island Government representatives and members of the community.

The primary purpose for Departmental officers visiting Norfolk Island on 21 to 24 March 2004 was to attend the 44th meeting of the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) Management Board. Officers also held meetings/discussions with number of people/bodies on a number of matters.

The then Minister, Senator the Hon Ian Campbell, visited Norfolk Island from 24 to 26 March 2004, accompanied by a departmental officer. The purpose of the visit was to hold discussions with the Norfolk Island Government and members of the community on a range of matters.

(2) (a)   The following departmental officers participated in the above-mentioned trips:

        24 to 26 September 2003

        Ms Margaret Backhouse, Director, Self-Governing Territories Section

        1 to 4 October 2003

        Mr John Doherty, First Assistant Secretary, Territories and Local Government, KAVHA Management Board member

        Mr Jim Mallett, Self-Governing Territories Section, KAVHA Management Board member

        Ms Trudy McInnis, Self-Governing Territories Section, KAVHA Management Board member

        30 and 31 October 2003

        Mr John Doherty, First Assistant Secretary, Territories and Local Government, KAVHA Management Board member

        21 to 24 March 2004

        Mr John Doherty, First Assistant Secretary, Transport and Local Government Programmes, KAVHA Management Board member

        Mr Andrew Wilson, Assistant Secretary, Territories Branch

        Mr Jim Mallett, Self-Governing Territories Section

        24 to 26 March 2004

        Ms Leslie Riggs, First Assistant Secretary, Regional Programmes and Territories

(b)   The costs of these trips were as follows:

Name of DOTARS Officer

Dates of Visit

Cost of Visit

Ms Margaret Backhouse

24 to 26 September 2003*

$60.48

Mr John Doherty

1 to 4 October 2003

$2189.22

Mr Jim Mallett

1 to 4 October 2003

$2151.00

Ms Trudy McInnis

1 to 4 October 2003

$1936.80

Mr John Doherty

30 and 31 October 2003**

$242.75

Mr John Doherty

21 to 24 March 2004            

$2230.61

Mr Andrew Wilson

21 to 24 March 2004            

$2625.51

Mr Jim Mallett

21 to 24 March 2004

$1687.08

Ms Leslie Riggs

24 to 26 March 2004**

$478.70

* NB - Travelled on VIP flight with the Minister. Accommodation at Government House, Norfolk Island.

** NB - Travelled on VIP flight with the Minister.