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Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Page: 3118


Mr Briggs asked the Prime Minister, in writing, on 25 November 2010:

(1)   How many (a) mobile phones, (b) blackberries and (c) iPads are currently allocated to the (i) Minister, and (ii) the Ministers ministerial staff.

(2)   In respect of mobile phone usage between (a) 3 December 2007 and 24 November 2010, and (b) 24 June 2010 and 24 November 2010, what was the total cost for (a) the Minister, and (b) the Ministers ministerial staff.

(3)   For each month since December 2007, what was the cost of mobile phone usage for each mobile phone account allocated to the (a) Minister, and (b) Ministers ministerial staff.


Ms Gillard (Prime Minister) —I am advised that the answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   As of 25 November 2010, one blackberry and one iPad were allocated to the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s staff were allocated 46 blackberries.  No mobile phones were allocated.

(2)   An account is received for the Prime Minister’s Office with all ministerial staff expenses, including the Prime Minister’s expenses, on the same account.

(a)   The total cost of mobile phone usage for the Prime Minister’s Office from      3 December 2007 to 24 November 2010 was $11,401.93.

(b)   The total cost of mobile phone usage for the Prime Minister’s office from      24 June 2010 to 24 November 2010 was nil.

(c)   The last mobile phone fees were paid in June 2010, when remaining mobile phones were replaced with blackberries.

(3)   Monthly mobile phone costs for the Prime Minister’s Office since December 2007 are below:

Month

Total cost per month

Month

Total cost per month

Dec-07

$89.82

Jun-09

$101.98

Jan-08

$1,855.27

Jul-09

$232.95

Feb-08

$266.19

Aug-09

$471.33

Mar-08

$55.59

Sep-09

$662.45

Apr-08

$163.45

Oct-09

$738.59

May-08

$298.40

Nov-09

$140.98

Jun-08

$222.37

Dec-09

$104.64

Jul-08

$155.19

Jan-10

$476.99

Aug-08

$230.19

Feb-10

$410.98

Sep-08

$182.65

Mar-10

$472.47

Oct-08

$444.58

Apr-10

$34.44

Nov-08

$202.48

May-10

$56.32

Dec-08

$98.68

Jun-10

$71.73

Jan-09

$145.17

Jul-10

$-  

Feb-09

$230.30

Aug-10

$-  

Mar-09

$1,580.13

Sep-10

$-  

Apr-09

$846.38

Oct-10

$-  

May-09

$359.24

Nov-10

$-