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Tuesday, 2 February 2010
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Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 24 November 2008:

(1)   Can details be provided, as of 24 November 2008, of the total number of all staff in:

(a)   the Minister’s office whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy; and

(b)   the department whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy.

(2)   Can details be provided of the aggregate salary and superannuation costs during the 2008 calendar year for all staff in:

(a)   the Minister’s office whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy; and

(b)   the department whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy.

(3)   Can details be provided of the aggregate travel costs during the 2008 calendar year for all staff in:

(a)   the Minister’s office whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy; and

(b)   the department whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy.

(4)   Can details be provided of the aggregate mobile phone costs during the 2008 calendar year for all staff in:

(a)   the Minister’s office whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy; and

(b)   the department whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy.

(5)   Can a breakdown be provided of every review, inquiry and committee which is being conducted in the department that has been announced since 1 December 2007.

(a)   How many of the department’s reviews, inquiries and committees are in progress or incomplete as of 24 November 2008; and

(b)   what are their reporting dates.

(7)   In regard to each of the department’s review, inquiry and committee (completed and incomplete as of 24 November 2008) that has or is being conducted during the 2008 calendar year:

(a)   what is the number of departmental staff allocated to each;

(b)   what is the aggregate number of departmental staff allocated to all;

(c)   were external consultants engaged to assist in any; if so, which consultants and how much has each consultancy cost (please itemise for each); and

(d)   what have been the travel costs associated with those staff involved in each (please itemise for each).

(8)   For the 2008 calendar year, what is the total cost of each departmental review, inquiry and committee, including staff wages, consultancy costs, travel and any other associated expenditure (please itemise for each).


Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) (a)   (i) to (vi). One. (b) (i) to (vi) 15.

(2) (a)   (b) Information relating to the costs of Ministerial staff can be found in the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 Annual Report 2007-08 which was tabled 23 December 2008 and is available on the Department of Finance and Deregulation website at .

(3) (a)   (i) to (vi) Ministerial staff travel costs are tabled in Parliament. (b) (i) to (vi) $11,096 (excluding GST)

(4) (a)   (i( to (vi) $2,384 (excluding GST). (b) (i) to (vi) $2,371 (excluding GST).

(5)   This information is available on the department’s website.

(6) (a)   (b) This information is available on the department’s website.

(7)   Information on department staffing is available in the department’s annual report. Information on consultancies is available on the Austender website.

(8)   Information on departmental running costs is available in the department’s annual report.