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Thursday, 26 June 2008
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Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, upon notice,  on 30 May 2008:

Since 1 July 2006: (a) has the department or any agency in the Minister’s portfolio engaged: (i) CMAX Communications, (ii) Maximum Communications, (iii)  Mr Christian Taubenschlag, (iv) Ms Tara Taubenschlag, or (v) any company operated by Mr Christian Taubenschlag or Ms Tara Taubenschlag; and (b) if so, in each case: (i) when was the engagement, (ii) what was the nature of the engagement, (iii) what was the value of the engagement, (iv) what was the term of the engagement, (v) was the engagement entered into after a competitive process; if not, why not, and (vi) did the Minister or any of his/her staff have a role in recommending this engagement.

Senator Faulkner (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(a)   The Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Australian War Memorial have not engaged or had any contractual arrangement with the companies or persons listed in (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) since 1 July 2006.

(b)   N/A