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Monday, 28 February 2011
Page: 782

Senator Humphries asked the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services, upon notice, on 29 November 2010:

Since 14 September 2010, for each Minister and any Parliamentary Secretaries in their portfolio:

(1)   What has been the total amount spent on stationery and publications, including a breakdown of all spending.

(2)   What has been the total amount spent on printing ministerial letterhead.

(3)   What is the grams per square metre [GSM] of the ministerial letterhead.

(4)   Is the letterhead carbon neutral.

Senator Arbib (Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Minister for Sport and Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness) —The Minister for Human Services has provided the following answer o the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   From 14 September 2010 to 29 November 2010, the amount of money spent on publications was $1,548.90 which includes magazine subscriptions, book purchases and newspaper type publications purchased for the Minister’s Office. As stationery is often ordered in bulk and used over an extended period of time, it is difficult to determine the cost over a finite period. Rather than calculating the actual cost of stationery used over the period, the Minister’s stationery costs per unit are as follows: The cost of standard white 50 per cent recycled (80 gsm) paper used in the Minister’s office is $28.50 per box (2500 sheets). The cost of the DL size pre-printed envelopes is $346.00 for 3,000 when ordered in a batch of 3,000 envelopes.

(2)   The Minister does not have a pre-printed ministerial letterhead.

(3)   Not applicable.

(4)   Not applicable.