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Monday, 13 October 2008
Page: 5859


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, 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 Ludwig (Minister for Human Services) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question and, as earlier information submitted was incomplete due to an oversight, replaces the answer provided on 9 July 2008.

Since 1 July 2006:

(a)   the Department of Health and Ageing engaged the services of:

(i)   CMAX Communications, from February 2007 to June 2007 (see (b)); and neither the department nor any agency in the Health and Ageing portfolio has engaged the services of:

(ii)   Maximum Communications;

(iii)   Mr Christian Taubenschlag;

(iv)   Ms Tara Taubenschlag; or

(v)   any company operated by Mr Christian Taubenschlag or Ms Tara Taubenschlag (other than CMAX Communications as identified in (a)(i) above); and

(b)   in the case of CMAX Communications:

(i)   the organisation was engaged on 22 February 2007;

(ii)   to provide advice and assistance to develop a strategic Communication Plan and supporting materials for the Central Office accommodation realignment project (Woden, ACT);

(iii)   for the total sum of $25,245 (inc. GST);

(iv)   with the term of the engagement being between February 2007 and June 2007;

(v)   via a direct source procurement process (single select), given the urgent need for assistance with project communications, the short-term engagement and the relatively minor contract value; and

(iv)   neither the Minister nor the Minister’s staff had any role in this engagement.

Due to advice received from the Department of Health and Ageing, the original answer was not published in Hansard. A copy is available from the Senate Table Office.