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Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Page: 176


Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy, upon notice, on 10 September 2009:

For the 2008-09 financial year:

(1)   Did the Minister have any ministerial letterhead produced using the funds or resources of his or her home department; if so:

(a)   how many sheets of letterhead were produced; and

(b)   what was the cost of the production of the letterhead.

(2)   What was the total postage cost of mailings conducted by the Minister and/or Parliamentary secretary using their departmental-funded franking machine.

(3)  

(a)   What was the total cost, including production and distribution, of all direct mail pieces produced by the department, including as part of a government communications campaign, where the Minister or Prime Minister was the nominal author of the piece; and

(b)   can an itemised list be provided of:

(i)   production costs, and

(ii)   distribution costs


Senator Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) —The Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Yes, the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, as the home department, provides funding in relation to ministerial letterhead produced:

(a)   3,000 sheets

(b)   $597.27 (GST Exclusive)

(2)   $3,795.56 (GST Exclusive)

(3)  

(a)   The total cost, including production and distribution, of all direct mail pieces produced by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research where Minister Emerson was the nominal author is nil.

(b) (i)   and (ii):

Direct Mail Piece

Production Costs

Distribution Costs

Small Business Summit on the Global Financial Crisis (Electronic mail piece)

Nil

Nil

Small Business Forum - November 2008 (Electronic mail piece)

Nil

Nil

Small Business Roundtable (Electronic mail piece)

Nil

Nil

Small Business Forum - May 2009 (Electronic mail piece)

Nil

Nil

‘Nation Building for the Economic Recovery’ Summit (Electronic mail piece)

Nil

Nil