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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 63

(Question No. 4688)

Ms McHugh asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 25 September 1986:

(1) What was the (a) number of person hours involved in and (b) cost of outside contract surveying and drafting services used by his Department and instrumentalities responsible to him in (i) 1984-85 (ii) 1985-86 and (iii) 1986 to date, including work contracted out to the Australian Survey Office and the Department of Housing and Construction.

(2) Are there any instances where surveying or drafting requirements have not been satisfied due to limitation on the resources of (a) his Department or instrumentalities responsible to him, (b) the Australian Survey Office or (c) the Department of Housing and Construction, if so, what are they?

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

(1) (a) (i) 33,368; (ii) 23,580; (iii) 6,233 (Note 1).

(b) (i) $616,448; (ii) $388,121; (iii) $114,772 (Note 1).

(2) (a) No.

(b) The Australian Survey Office is responsible for the staffing and funding of its surveying services.

(c) The Department of Housing and Construction is responsible for the staffing and funding of its drafting services.


1. Information for FY 1986 covers 1 July-30 September inclusive.

2. Support costs associated with contracting of some surveying tasks eg aircraft lease costs are not included.