Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 7 April 2005) . . Page.. 1616 ..
(2) Why is Mrs Stanhope not listed in the ACT Government Ministerial Delegation to China and the United Kingdom 2004 - Tabling Package which was tabled on 26 August 2004 that details the activities of the delegations;
(3) What functions/events did Mrs Stanhope attend;
(4) What class of travel did Mrs Stanhope fly in;
(5) Did the Chief Minister, or any of the people accompanying him, receive any complimentary upgrades on any of the flights;
(6) Why did the then ‘Functions Coordinator, Chief Minister’s Support, Cabinet Office’, described in the travel report as ‘Executive Assistant’, join the delegation to the UK;
(7) What (a) role did the Functions Coordinator/Executive Assistant perform in the delegation and (b) events did the Functions Coordinator/Executive Assistant attend and in what capacity;
(8) What was the rationale for sending a junior officer from the Cabinet Office on such a small and highly specialised (business and sustainability) delegation;
(9) Why did the Functions Coordinator/Executive Assistant arrive in Hong Kong on 16 March 2004 when the Delegation did not depart Hong Kong, in transit from mainland China, until 18 March 2004;
(10) Since the Functions Coordinator/Executive Assistant was part of the delegation to the UK only, why did she rendezvous with the delegation in Hong Kong rather than fly direct to London and meet the delegation there;
(11) Why did the Functions Coordinator/Executive Assistant, an Administrative Service Office Level 5, travel business class instead of economy class as required by Public Sector Management Standard No. 6, Part 2, Travel – Domestic and International, and the CMD Guidelines for Corporate Travel and Related Services;
(12) Why is the Functions Coordinator/Executive Assistant listed as ‘Executive Assistant’ in Part B of the ACT Government Ministerial Delegation to China and the United Kingdom 2004 - Tabling Package when her Travel Form is a Chief Minister’s Department template and supporting travel documents refer to her as ‘Functions Coordinator, Cabinet Office’;
(13) If the Functions Coordinator/Executive Assistant was seconded to the role of Executive Assistant in the Chief Minister’s Office for the duration of the trip, why were her expenses, accommodation and tickets paid for by the Chief Minister’s Department;
(14) Given that the Chief Minister signed a number of business and investment related agreements during the UK leg, why was there no member of BusinessACT in the delegation to the UK.
Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) Mrs Stanhope’s travel is a private matter. She did however, accompany the Chief Minister throughout the full itinerary of both delegations to China and the United Kingdom, i.e. China from 13 March 2004 – 18 March 2004; England from 19 March 2004 – 23 March 2004; and Cardiff from 23 March 2004 – 26 March 2004.