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Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Page: 201


Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 16 September 2009:

(1)   Does the minister have a departmentally maintained website or websites; if so, can a list of these websites be provided?

(2)   Can a list be provided of all redevelopments (including re-skins) of these websites since 24 November 2007, including:

(a)   the total cost for each redevelopment

(b)   who undertook each redevelopment

(c)   whether the website, or draft versions thereof, were market-tested before going live; if so, by whom and what was the total cost of the market testing.

(3)   Does the department:

(a)   post all of the minister’s press releases, speeches and transcripts on these websites; and

(b)   have any guidelines of the posting of political material on these websites.

(4)   Has the department ever refused to post material on these websites due to their political nature; if so, on how many occasions.


Senator Sherry (Assistant Treasurer) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The department maintains one website for the minister: www.maff.gov.au

(2)   The www.maff.gov.au website was developed in January 2008.

(a)   the total cost of development was $2025.

(b)   the department’s Information Services Branch.

(c)   no market testing was undertaken.

(3) (a)   Yes. (b) The department maintains the ministerial website and its contents under the general guidelines of the Australian Government Information Management Office.

(4)   No.