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Thursday, 14 May 1998
Page: 3527


Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Development, upon notice, on 2 April 1998:

Has Mr P. Houlihan or any company or organisation associated with him been engaged by him or his Department since 2 March 1996; if so, (a) what remuneration was paid and (b) will he provide details of (i) individual sums paid, (ii) the purposes for which they were paid and (iii) the uses to which they were put.


Mr Vaile (Transport and Regional Development) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Mr Houlihan was one of the specified personnel for a 1996 contract entered into between the Department and ACIL Economics and Policy Pty Ltd.

(a) I am advised that payments to ACIL Economics and Policy Pty Ltd under that contract totalled $118,761.

(b) (i) The Department is not privy to the amount paid to Mr Houlihan by ACIL Economics and Policy Pty Ltd.

(ii) Development of an industrial relations strategy for waterfront reform.

(iii) A report was prepared and provided to the Department as required under the consultancy.