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Thursday, 19 June 2008
Page: 2889


Senator Abetz asked the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, upon notice, on 2 May 2008:

With reference to the answer to question on notice AI-4 from the 2007-08 additional estimates hearings of the Economics Committee detailing the department’s agreement with the Australian Associated Press (AAP) to provide a ‘daily, internet-based print media monitoring service AAP NewsCentre’:

(1)   How many users were or are actively allocated access to the service: (a) on 21 February 2008;(b) on 21 April 2008; and (c) now.

(2)   How many users of the service are located in each of the Ministers’ office(s).

(3)   What is the job description and classification of each of the current users of the service.


Senator Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

The Department’s contract with AAP Information Services to provide an electronic media monitoring allows for up to 250 licenses to the AAP NewsCentre.

(1) (a)   On 21 February 2008, 250 licenses were allocated to users to access the AAP NewsCentre.

(b)     On 21 April 2008, 250 licenses were allocated to users to access the AAP NewsCentre.

(c)     Currently, we have 202 licences actively allocated to users to access the AAP NewsCentre.

(2)   Currently, my office has 10 licenses actively allocated to users to access the AAP NewCentre. Minister Emerson’s office has 5 licenses actively allocated to users to access the AAP NewsCentre.

(3)   The current users include Department officials and Ministerial staff involved in a range of media, policy and program delivery roles. The classification levels are wide-ranging as access to the AAP NewsCentre is based on their job requirements.