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Monday, 14 September 2009
Page: 6528


Senator Abetz asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, upon notice, on 21 July 2009:

For the department, each agency of the department and the offices of each Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, in the 2008-09 financial year, how much was spent on:(a) bottled water; (b) bulk water; (c) cooler rental; (d) cooler hire; and (e) water delivery


Senator Chris Evans (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

For the 2008-09 financial year, the office of the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has recorded expenditure of:

(a)   Nil on bottled water;

(b)   $2,189.10 on bulk water (i.e. water for the cooler);

(c)   $338.00 on cooler rental;

(d)   Nil on cooler hire; and

(e)   Nil on water delivery.

For the 2008-09 financial year, the office of the Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services has recorded expenditure of:

(a)   Nil on bottled water;

(b)   $456.15 on bulk water (i.e. water for the cooler);

(c)   $180.00 on cooler rental;

(d)   Nil on cooler hire; and

(e)   Nil on water delivery.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (the Department) does not separate cost codes for the items in question. However, a review of significant transactions for the 2008-09 financial year has revealed the following:

(i)   The Department has recorded expenditure of some $45,038 on drinking water (including bottled water, bulk water, cooler rental, cooler hire and water delivery), including $23,068 at overseas posts; and

(ii)   It should be noted that the Department has extensive off-shore operations in some countries where water quality is not the same as in Australia. There may be additional purchases which are not reflected in the above figures and are not separately disclosed in the Department’s ledger.