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Monday, 15 November 2010
Page: 2444


Mr Briggs asked the Special Minister of State, in writing, on 30 September 2010:

What is the total cost of ministerial staff separation payments following (a) the change of prime ministership on 24 June 2010, and (b) the swearing in of the Government on 14 September 2010.


Mr Gray (Special Minister of State and Special Minister of State for the Public Service and Integrity) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

As a result of the change of prime ministership on 24 June 2010, a total of $1,294,923.61 in separation payments was paid to personal ministerial staff whose employment was terminated under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 following the change.

As at 22 October 2010, a total of $5,430,162.84 in separation payments has been paid to personal ministerial staff whose employment was terminated following the swearing in of the new Government on 14 September 2010.