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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 226

Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 23 December 2004:

(1)   On what date did the department first receive a request from the Department of Finance and Administration (DOFA) for payment of $1 144.64 relating to the Minister’s police escort during a 2002 visit to the Philippines.

(2)   On what dates have the department and DOFA communicated in relation to this matter.

(3)   Has the department complied with the request from DOFA for payment of this account; if so, when was the account paid; if not, why not.

(4)   Did the negotiation of heavy traffic facilitated by the police escort enable the Minister to attend his key meetings on time.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   3 December 2002.

(2)   On 4,5 and 6 December 2002, 6 March 2003, 7 April 2003, 18 June 2003 2,11,18 and 29 July 2003.

(3)   Yes: 15 August 2003.

(4)   The Minister attended all scheduled appointments. Actual arrival times were not recorded.