Delegation - Japan visit: Questions


252. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:
(1) Is a delegation involving members of Parliament and supported by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet visiting Japan this year?
(2) If the answer to (1) is yes —
(a) on what dates will the delegation be visiting Japan;
(b) what other meetings or events coincide with this visit, and on what dates;
(c) what is the purpose of the delegation and other meetings or events that coincide with the delegation;
(d) who will be travelling from Australia for this delegation and other meetings or events that coincide with the delegation;
(e) which of those in (d) will be participating at government expense;
(f) what is the source of funding from government to enable the visit to occur; and
(g) what is the total estimated cost to the government for the delegation and other meetings or events that coincide with the delegation?
The PRESIDENT: I think some aspects of that question relate to Parliament rather than the executive, but I will hear the answer from the Leader of the House.

Hon PETER COLLIER replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1) Yes.
(2) (a)–(g) The department’s North Asia office attempts to provide support to all visits by parliamentary or government officials within the constraints of resources and commitments to official government visits. Support can involve facilitating meetings and providing interpreter services when required. It is understood that the member is referring to a delegation of members from the Legislative Council, which is planned for 23 to 29 April 2014. Participants and details of this trip are still being finalised. It is noted that if this travel is undertaken using parliamentary imprest funds, members are required to provide a report on the travel undertaken.
The PRESIDENT: Could I just correct part of that answer. There is no Legislative Council travel planned for that time. I can only assume that the travel relates to the Legislative Assembly. The Leader of the House may wish to check that and correct the record.
Hon Peter Collier: I will check it and get back to you.