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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 94

(Question No. 962)


Senator Calvert asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 1 February 1994:

  (1) What type of furniture was purchased by the Australian Taxation Office for $1,500,000 from Interiors Australia, Phillip, ACT in December 1993.

  (2) What was the total cost of this furniture.

  (3) Where will this furniture be used.

  (4) What transport costs are associated with this purchase.

  (5) Is this furniture to be used to replace older furniture; if so, how was the older furniture disposed of.

  (6) Is the furniture Australian made; if not why not.

  (7) Was the furniture purchased under normal Government contract provisions; if not, why not.


Senator Cook —The Assistant Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1)—(7) The purchase, which appeared in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. PD50, 22 December 1993, was incorrectly coded. The error created a reference to the acquisition of furniture, whereas the expenditure is related to the internal building works (fitting out) of the Belconnen office building which will be occupied by the Canberra Branch of the Australian Taxation Office upon its completion in 1994. This new building has a floor space of 14,000m(2) and will accommodate approximately 650 staff. These internal building works include such things as:

  partitioning;

installation of special services (i.e. purpose built plumbing and specific building/design requirements for the computer centre);

lighting;

internal signage; and

  security facilities.

  Had the entry been coded correctly it would have appeared in the Gazette as "Fitout".

  The fitout was arranged as part of the tender process for the construction of the building, with the tender process organised by Australian Estate Management, the owner of the building.