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Parliamentarians' overseas study travel entitlement.

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Media Release SENATOR THE HON. ERIC ABETZ Special Minister of State

Liberal Senator for Tasmania


A31/01 10 December 2001


Parliamentarians' Overseas Study Travel Entitlement Some Members of Parliament have incorrectly asserted that it is the role of the Special Minister of State to approve Overseas Study Travel. This incorrect statement has been repeated a number of times in the media.

The entitlement to Overseas Study Travel derives from Determination 26 (1998) of the Remuneration Tribunal. The Determination requires that:

Members must submit a written statement before the trip, stating the purpose of the travel, the itinerary and whether their spouse will be accompanying them; and .

Members must submit a written statement within 30 days from the completion of the trip, confirming the purpose and itinerary of the trip, reporting key meetings and outcomes, and reporting on any conclusions of relevance.


There is no authority for a Special Minister of State to exercise discretion and ‘approve’ or ‘disapprove’ any Overseas Study Travel, provided the two conditions specified above are met.


Media inquiries:  Michael Barrett 02 6277 7600 or 0419 276 490