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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 150

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Legal Services and Credit Cards

(Question No. 1032)

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

What sum did the Minister's department spend in 2014-15 on (a) legal services, and (b) credit cards.

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

(a) The department's total expenditure on external legal services for 2014-15 was $3,396,535. The amount spent in 2014-15 was considerably less than the $4.48 million spent by DFAT and AusAID in 2012-13.

(b) The department's total expenditure on its NAB corporate credit cards for 2014-15 was $10,316,208. In 2012-13, DFAT and AusAID spent at least $11.91 million on corporate credit cards.