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Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Page: 4750

Ministers: Staff, Capital Works and Acquisitions

(Question No. 250)


Mr Briggs asked the Minister representing the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, in writing, on 3 March 2011:

(1) How many personal staff are employed by the Minister.

(2) What is the (a) total cost, and (b) breakdown of costs, of all capital works and acquisitions in the

Minister's private office since 3 December 2007.


Mr Garrett: The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) The employment of staff under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 is administered by the Department of Finance and Deregulation. On 22 February 2011, the Department tabled with the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee a list of Government Personal Staff Positions as at 1 February 2011.

(2) (a) The cost of capital works and acquisitions for Ministers' Offices is shared by the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS), Department of Finance and Deregulation (DoFD) and home departments in line with Appendix 2 of Supporting Ministers, Upholding the Values . The Special Minister of State will accordingly respond on behalf of all ministers in respect of costs incurred by the DPS and DoFD. Since 3 December 2007, the capital works and acquisitions costs incurred by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research are $55,910.25 (GST exclusive).

(b)     A breakdown of these costs are as follows:

$41,806.82—photocopier lease and hire

-$4,766.16—office and audio visual equipment

$6,748.27—safes and cabinets

$1,904.00—shredders

$685.00—cabling