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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . . Page.. 296..


Members and staff-travel expenses

(Question No 324)

Mr Hargreaves asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 13 February 2001:

1 Why Mr Latimer was paid only $122 for travelling allowance for 8 days in Brunei.

2. What was the total cost to the taxpayer for:

(a) accommodation; and

(b) other expenses not advised in the Quarterly report.

3. Why were additional costs not included in the report.

4. In what capacity did Mrs Helen Moore attend the

(a) Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy; and

(b) Meetings and conferences in Wellington between 24-29 July 2000.

5. Is it Government policy for Ministers to travel at taxpayer expense to attend sporting events such as Rugby League Grand Finals, Athletes Happy Hours and Gold Medal Football matches.

Mr Humphries: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. Mr Latimer was paid $122 cash for overnight accommodation in Brisbane on the return trip from Brunei.

2.

(a) The cost of Mr Latimer's accommodation in Brunei was $2,118.82. This, and joint dining expenses, were paid for on a corporate credit card issued to Mrs Carnell. Therefore the expense was reported against Mrs Carnell's name as combined expenditure. The Brunei Government paid for Mrs Carnell's accommodation.

(b) There were no other expenses not advised in the Quarterly Report

3. There were no additional costs to be included in the Quarterly Report apart from a $130 cancellation fee for each of the original discounted airfares booked. The cancellation fee appeared in the January Qantas monthly statement and will be reported on in the January-March Quarterly Travel Report.

4.

(a) Mrs Helen Moore accompanied the Minister for Health to the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy in Perth in her capacity as ministerial adviser on drugs issues and public health issues.

(b) Mrs Moore also accompanied the Minister to Wellington for combined Ministerial Councils for Health, Food, and Disability Services (over 4 days) in her capacity as ministerial adviser on public health issues, with particular responsibility for food issues, notably genetically modified foods (before the Food Ministers Council) and antibodies issues (before the Health Ministers Council).

5. Mrs Carnell was invited to attend the NRL Rugby League Grand Final in her capacity as Chief Minister. Both the Athletes Happy Hour and Gold Medal Football Match were events held during the Sydney Olympics. Mrs Carnell was officially invited as Chief Minister to attend these functions which provided an opportunity to promote Canberra to national and international business people.


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