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Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Page: 3377


Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, upon notice, on 14 September 2009:

(1)   For the 2008-09 financial year:

(a)   can a list be provided of each brand and model of colour printer that was provided for the office of the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary; and

(b)   what was the total cost of:

(i)   printer cartridges and/or toner, and

(ii)   servicing these printers.

(2)   For the 2008-09 financial year, what was the total value of photocopy paper received in the office of the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary.

(3)   For the 2008-09 financial year, what was the value of other office consumables received in the office of the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary.

(4)   For the 2008-09 financial year, can a list be provided of all departmental publications, excluding ordinary or mail-merged letters, which contained the name and/or photograph of the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary, including:

(a)   the cost of producing each of these publications; and

(b)   how many copies were distributed and to what category of persons they were distributed to.

(5)   Does the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary have a departmentally-funded and maintained website/webpage; if so:

(a)   what was the cost of developing the website of the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary;

(b)   was the site refreshed during the 2008-09 financial year and if so, what was the cost for refreshing the site; and

(c)   what resources does the department provided to maintain, update and upload the content for the site.

(6)   Does the department distribute the media releases for the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary; if so:

(a)   how and to whom; and

(b)   for the 2008-09 financial year, what was the cost for this distribution.


Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

Climate Change

(1)   For the 2008-09 financial year:

(a)   two Hewlett-Packard Colour LaserJet 4700DN printers were provided to my office, and the office of the Minister Assisting*. *The Hon Greg Combet AM MP was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change from 25 February 2009 to 9 June 2009 and Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change from 9 June 2009.

(b) (i)   $8,801. (ii) The Hewlett-Packard Colour LaserJet printers were new and did not require servicing or new toner.

(2)   For the 2008-09 financial year, the total value of photocopy paper received in my office and the office of the Minister Assisting was $2,344.

(3)   For the 2008-09 financial year, the total value of other office consumables received in my office and the office of the Minister Assisting was $8,310.

(4)   Below is a list of departmental publications released during the 2008-09 financial year containing my name and/or photograph and/or the name and/or photograph of the Minister Assisting.

Publication

Production cost (exclusive of GST)

No. of hard copies distributed

Category of persons distributed to

Engaging our Pacific Neighbours on Climate Change: Australia’s Approach

$2,998

600

Delegates at the Pacific Islands Forum in Cairns, general public via DCCEE call centre.

White Paper: Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme - Australia’s Low Pollution Future - Summary, Vol 1 & 2

$22,068

6,000

Government departments, Senate, House of Representatives, industry, peak bodies, NGOs and public via DCCEE call centre.

Green Paper: Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme - Summary & Full Paper

$65,450

3,500

Government departments, Senate, House of Representatives, industry, peak bodies, NGOs and public via DCCEE call centre.

Climate Change Budget Overview

$7,491

1,000

Members of public via DCCEE call centre.

Ministerial Statement on Climate Change

$4,026

2,389

Senate, House of Representatives, Parliamentary Libraries (Commonwealth, State and Territory), Ministers’ offices, Commonwealth/State departments, Library Deposit Scheme Distribution Service, public via DCCEE call centre.

Portfolio Additional Estimates Statement 2008-09

$2,959

600

Senate, House of Representatives, Parliamentary Libraries (Commonwealth, State and Territory), Ministers’ offices, Commonwealth/State departments, Library Deposit Scheme Distribution Service, public via DCCEE call centre.

Portfolio Budget Statements 2009-10

$5,467

600

Senate, House of Representatives, libraries of central agencies, National Library and members of public via DCCEE call centre.

A series of material including the 8-page resource and competition entry form to support the Think Climate Think Change schools competition cost $67,400.

The 8-page resource and competition entry forms were developed and printed with a selection of schools competition material to take advantage of economies of scale.

It is estimated that the 8-page resource and competition entry form made up approximately 32 per cent of the total cost incurred for the development and printing for the schools competition material.

$21,000

12,485

Primary and secondary schools across Australia, (11,500 using an education distribution list and a further 985 on request via the online ordering system).

(5)   I and the Minister Assisting have departmentally-funded and maintained websites.

(a)   My website was developed by the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) at an estimated cost of less than $600. The website of the Minister Assisting was developed by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) at an estimated cost of less than $600.

(b)   No.

(c)   Approximately 0.5 FTE.

(6)   From 15 October 2009, DCCEE began administering the distribution of my media releases and the media releases for the Minister Assisting.

(a)   Media releases are distributed based on a subscription list via the DCCEE website.

(b)   Nil.

Water

(1)   For the 2008-09 financial year:

(a)   The multifunction printing device provided to my office by DEWHA is a Konica BizHub, model number C550. The printer for the office of the Parliamentary Secretary for Water is supplied by the Department of Defence.

(b)   The cost to DEWHA for the 2008-09 financial year for the multifunction device located in my office, including maintenance and toner supplies, totalled $11,673. DEWHA’s share of the costs for provision of printer cartridges, toners and servicing of printers in the office of Parliamentary Secretary for Water for the 2008-09 financial year was $253.50.

(2)   For the 2008-09 financial year, the total value of photocopy paper supplied by DEWHA to my office was $122. No photocopy paper was supplied by DEWHA to the office of the Parliamentary Secretary for Water.

(3)   For the 2008-09 financial year, the value of consumables supplied by DEWHA to my office was $8,703.65. The value of consumables supplied by DEWHA to the office of the Parliamentary Secretary for Water during 2008-09 was $706.06.

(4)   Below is a list of DEWHA publications released during the 2008-09 financial year containing my name and/or photograph. No publications were produced that included the name or photograph of the Parliamentary Secretary for Water.

Publication

Production cost (exclusive of GST)

No. of hard copies distributed

Category of persons distributed to

Water Matters (bimonthly e-newsletter, 4 issues in 2008-09)

$3,360

E-newsletter

Key water stakeholders - distribution based on subscription list.

*Wetlands Australia: National Wetlands Update 2009 (message from Minister Garrett and Senator Wong)

$32,281.82 (including distribution)

2,000

Caring for our Country facilitators, non-government organisations, Catchment Management Authorities, state and territory environment government departments, Waterwatch groups, naturalists, environmental scientists, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, landcare groups and environmental consultants.

*Environment Budget Overview (joint with Minister Garrett)

$8,595.20

1,500

Public via DEWHA Community Information Unit, staff on request.

*2008-09 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (joint with Minister Garrett)

$5,038

460

Senate, House of Representatives, Parliamentary Libraries (Commonwealth, State and Territory), Ministers’ offices, Commonwealth/State departments, Library Deposit Scheme Distribution Service, public via DEWHA Community Information Unit

*2008-09 Portfolio Supplementary Additional Estimates Statements (Bills 5 and 6) (joint with Minister Garrett)

$1,020

200

Senate, House of Representatives, Parliamentary Libraries (Commonwealth, State and Territory), Ministers’ offices, Commonwealth/State departments, Library Deposit Scheme Distribution Service, public via DEWHA Community Information Unit

*2009-10 Portfolio Budget Statements (joint with Minister Garrett)

$10,660

475

Senate, House of Representatives, Parliamentary Libraries (Commonwealth, State and Territory), Ministers’ offices, Commonwealth/State departments, Library Deposit Scheme Distribution Service, public via DEWHA Community Information Unit

*Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2007-08 Annual Report - Volume 1 (joint with Minister Garrett)

$63,013.91 (for both volumes)

511

Copies distributed as per tabling requirements, plus stakeholders, DEWHA executive and staff, and public on request

*Note: Some responses relating to joint publications will also be captured in answers to questions on notice to the Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts.

(5)   I and the Parliamentary Secretary for Water have departmentally-funded and maintained websites.

(a)   DEWHA maintains web pages (as a part of the environment.gov.au web site) for the posting of media related items by Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries such as press releases and speeches. My pages were included on DEWHA’s website until 15 October 2009, when they were transferred to the DCCEE website at http://www.climatechange.gov.au/en/minister/wong/2009/media-releases.aspx. DEWHA maintains web pages for the Parliamentary Secretary for Water, at http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/kelly/2009/index.html.

(b)   My web pages have not been redeveloped since they were originally set up using existing templates. Set up time was approximately one day of work at an estimated cost of less than $600. Development was undertaken in house by DEWHA’s Web and Intranet Management Section and no market testing was conducted. The web pages for the Parliamentary Secretary for Water have not been redeveloped since set up on 2 March 2009. The pages were based on existing ministerial site templates and took less than half a day to develop at an estimated cost of around $300. Development was undertaken in house by DEWHA’s Web and Intranet Management Section and no market testing was conducted.

(c)   The management of my website is no longer administered by DEWHA. All my press releases, speeches and transcripts are published by DCCEE. The press releases, speeches and transcripts of the Parliamentary Secretary for Water relating to his responsibilities are published on the DEWHA site. To maintain, update and upload the content for the Parliamentary Secretary’s site requires approximately half a day per week for one staff member.

(6) (a)   During this period the main distribution of my media releases was by subscription to the media release service on the DEWHA website. As of 15 October 2009, DCCEE administers this service via its website. The distribution of media releases by the Parliamentary Secretary for Water is by subscription to the climate change and water media release service on the DEWHA’s website. There was no cost to DEWHA in 2008-09 for these media release services. (b) There was no cost to DEWHA in 2008-09 for these media release services.