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Monday, 23 November 2015
Page: 13445

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Mobile Phones and Tablets

(Question No. 1050)


Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 17 August 2015:

(1) What sum did the Minister's department spend in 2014-15 on the purchase and/or lease of (a) mobile phones, and (b) tablet devices for (i) Ministerial staff, and (ii) departmental staff.

(2) What sum was spent on telecommunications contracts associated with these devices by (i) Ministerial staff, and (ii) departmental staff.


Ms Julie Bishop: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)

 

(a) Mobile phone

purchases^

(b) Tablet device

purchases^

(i) Foreign Minister staff

$14,335

$3,794

(ii) Departmental staff

$691,010

$218,176

^ The department does not lease mobile phones or tablet devices.

(2) The department spent $3,568,468 on telecommunications contracts for mobile phones and tablet devices in 2014-15. Ministerial staff telecommunications contract costs are covered by the departmental telecommunication contract.