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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 87

Question No. 106


Mr Bilney asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 10 May 1983:

(1) How many Australia-based officers of his Department were stationed overseas in Australian posts served by the Australian Government telecommunications network in (a) 1980; (b) 1981 and (c) 1982.

(2) What was the total expenditure on international telephone calls to and from Australia in each of these years.


Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) 756; (b) 757; (c) 683.

(2) The Department of Foreign Affairs as the major department represented in the Administrative Building, is responsible for the payment of telephone charges incurred through the common switchboard. Departmental ledgers do not provide for a specific expenditure item for international telephone calls from Australia.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the provision of common services at eighty-four (84) overseas posts and all costs of international telephone calls made from overseas missions (including attached departments) are a charge to appropriations of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Departmental ledgers do not provide for a specific expenditure item for international calls to Australia.