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in order to meet commitments. The officer travelled first class on the following flights:
5 September 2007 Delta Airlines DL 926 Boise to Dallas departed 8.05am arrived 1.43pm
9 September 2007 American Airlines AA 1482 Dallas to Tampa departed 6.15pm arrived 9.30pm
12 September 2007 American Airlines AA 685 Tampa to Miama departed 1.30pm arrived 2.35pm
12 September 2007 American Airlines AA 267 Miami to Los Angeles departed 4.05pm arrived 6.35pm
(4) The officer was invited to visit the desalination plant in Monterrey Mexico by the owner and operator of the salt crystallisation facility. At that time, ACTEW, as part of its investigations and assessments of options for a water purification scheme, was considering plants that used processes for the treatment and disposal of salt. The Monterrey plant, which is inland, is only one of a few similar plants around the world.
(5) Yes. One of the findings of the visit was that the technology used at the Monterrey plant would be suitable for Canberra and that an inland city can operate and run a water purification plant of some significant size and dispose of the salt stream.
(Question No 211)
Mrs Dunne asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 5 May 2009:
In relation to the answer to question on notice No. 73 on the subject of the travel budget for the Department of Justice and Community Safety for 2007-08, specifically the schedule included with the answer to question 3 and in relation to each of the three overseas trips described as “Legal Matter” and costing $27 146.29, $3 309.51 and $123 345.63 respectively, (a) what was the subject of the “Legal Matter”, (b) why was it necessary for officers of the department to travel overseas for the “Legal Matter” to be dealt with, (c) what was the itinerary for the trip, (d) what was its duration, (e) how many officers of the department were in the travel party, what were their classifications and what classes of travel did they take, (f) how many persons who were not officers of the department were in the travel party, (g) what costs were borne by the department for persons who were not officers of the department and (h) were those costs included in the costs given in the answer to question 3 of question on notice No. 73.
Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
The $27,146.29 was paid for from the Territorial Expenses account and was for the Deputy Chief Solicitor (Litigation) and one junior counsel to attend and interview critical witnesses and conduct investigations in North America and elsewhere from 18 January 2008 to 1 February 2008 in relation to a matter. No further details can be released at this stage as to do so could jeopardise the ACT’s position, as the investigation is on-going and litigation is anticipated to ensue.