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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Page: 8639

Ministerial Staffing

(Question No. 1081)

Mr Briggs asked the Special Minister of State, in writing, on 20 June 2012:

(1) Since the swearing in of the Government on 14 September 2010, per ministerial office,

(a) what is the total cost of ministerial staff separation payments, and

(b) how many ministerial staff resignations have been tendered.

(2) How many ministerial staff separation payments have been issued to staff in the Minister for Foreign Affairs' office, and at what total cost, since the resignation (from the Ministry) on 22 February 2012 of the Hon. Kevin Rudd MP.

(3) What was the total cost of the separation payment made to Mr Tony Hodges, who was employed by the Prime Minister until he resigned on 27 January 2012.

Mr Gray: The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1) (a), (b) and (2) The department does not routinely collate information on separations and I am advised that the effort required to collate the necessary information would be a substantial and unreasonable diversion of departmental resources at the present time.

(3) I am advised that the Department of Finance and Deregulation does not release personal information in relation to individuals. Final monies paid to an individual is considered to be personal information and will not be released.