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Monday, 14 September 2009
Page: 6529


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

For the Department and Agencies spend on Water Cooler costs for 2008-09 please refer to the answers provided in part (6) of question no. 1924.

Water Cooler costs for the Minister for Innovation, Industry Science and Research for the 2008-09 financial year were $1,280.55 (GST exclusive). This equates to approximately $12.30 per week for each of the Minister’s two offices.

Water Cooler costs for the Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry for the 2008-09 financial year was nil.