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(3) Yes. A total of $26,242 was spent for overseas travel for the purpose of staff development and recruitment. A total of $96,672 was spent on overseas travel for other purposes which include international meetings and conferences.

(4) ACT Health policy is that no officers fly first class. Executives fly business class for overseas trips and any interstate trips over four hours. All non executive staff fly economy at all times.

(5) All work related travel for ACT Health staff is booked through Qantas Business Travel under an ACT Government contract. Under the contract, Qantas Business Travel is obliged to offer “best fare of the day” regardless of the carrier. ACT Health does not have a proportional breakdown of carriers utilised.

(6) ACT Health policy is such that frequent flyer points earned as a result of travel paid for by the ACT Health can only be redeemed for further official travel. Private use of these points will constitute fraud and the officer will be subject to the relevant discipline procedures.

Frequent Flyer Points are not to be used to upgrade the class of travel beyond the level stated in these guidelines.

The member should note, that after careful consideration of the questions, and advice provided by ACT Health, I have determined that the information sought in a number of questions, is not in an easily retrievable form, and that to collect and assemble the information sought solely for the purpose of answering the member’s questions would be a major task, requiring a considerable diversion of resources. In this context, I do not believe that it would be appropriate to direct resources from the provision of services for the purposes of answering the member’s questions.

Public service—travel
(Question No 68)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 12 February 2009 (redirected to the Attorney General):

(1) How much did ACT Policing spend on travel including itemised amounts for airfares, accommodation and travel allowance for the 2007-08 financial year.

(2) What proportion of travel was domestic as opposed to international.

(3) Did any officers from ACT Policing undertake international travel during the period listed in part (1); if so, what was the purpose of the trip and how much did each trip cost.

(4) What proportion of airfares were for business or first class travel as opposed to economy.

(5) What proportion of trips were on Qantas as opposed to Virgin Blue and other airlines.

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