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Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Page: 244

Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, in writing, on 7 December 2006:

(1)   For 2006, what was the estimated cost to the Minister’s department and agencies of the Graduate Program, including (a) recruitment, (b) program, (c) travel, (d) external training and (e) internal administrative costs.

(2)   At 6 December 2006, what was the retention rate for the department’s 2005 Graduate Program intake.

(3)   In 2006, how many Departmental Liaison Officers did the Minister’s department and agencies provide to the offices of Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries.

Mr Turnbull (Minister for the Environment and Water Resources) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

For the Department of Environment and Water Resources:

(1)   $896,033

(a)   $60,076

(b)   $583,356

(c)   $63,568

(d)   $35,635

(e)   $153,398

(2)   77.8%.

(3)   A list of Departmental Liaison Officers is routinely provided by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet at Senate Estimates Hearings.

Note: The Department’s portfolio agencies do not have graduate programs.