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Monday, 28 February 2011
Page: 783


Senator Humphries asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 13 December 2010:

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

(1)   Do the Minister and Parliamentary Secretaries have access to a departmental credit card; if so, can a copy be provided of all bank statements.

(2) (a)   How many mobile devices are provided to the Minister’s office; and (b) what is the total spend on mobile devices for each office to date.

(3)   At what level is each staff member employed in the office.

(4)   What has been the total cost of travel for the Minister and Parliamentary Secretaries.

(5)   What has been the total travel for all staff, by office.


Senator Wong (Minister for Finance and Deregulation) —The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   No

(2)   The Treasurer’s office has 27 mobile devices for which the total spend from 14th September 2010 to the end of November 2010 was $20,592. Minister Shorten’s office has been provided with 13 mobile devices for which the total spend from 14th September 2010 to the end of November 2010 was $9,184. Minister Bradbury’s office has been provided with two mobile devices for which the total spend from 14th September 2010 to the end of November 2010 was $792.

(3)   This is a question for the Department of Finance and Deregulation.

(4)   The total cost of international travel for the period between 14 September 2010 to 29 November 2010 for Ministers and the Parliamentary Secretary is $81,525.00. Costs of official overseas travel by Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, accompanying spouses (where relevant) and accompanying staff employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 are paid for by the Department of Finance and Deregulation (Finance). Dates, destinations, the purpose and costs of all official overseas visits are tabled in the Parliament every six months in a report titled Parliamentarians’ Expenditure on Entitlements paid by the Department of Finance and Deregulation and its supporting information. The reports and supporting information are also published on the Finance web site. Please also note that domestic travel for the Treasurer and his staff is arranged for and paid by the Department of Finance and Deregulation.

(5)   The total cost of international travel for the period between 14 September 2010 to 29 November 2010 for all Ministerial and Parliamentary Secretary staff is $86,634.00. Please also note that domestic travel for the Treasurer and his staff is arranged for and paid by the Department of Finance and Deregulation.