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Thursday, 16 February 2012
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Foreign Affairs and Trade: Departmental Expenditure

(Question No. 630)

Ms Julie Bishop asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 22 September 2011:

In 2010-11, what was his department's total expenditure on (a) information and computer technology, (b) consultancy, (c) external accounting, (d) external auditing, (e) external legal services, and (f) membership and grants paid to affiliate organisations, and for each category, what was the program breakdown for this expenditure.

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

Total expenditure for 2010-11 in each of the requested categories is detailed below:

(a) Refer 2010-11 Annual Report, Section 5, page 284.

(b) Refer 2010-11 Annual Report, Section 4, Appendix 12 - Consultancy services, page 232.

(c) External accounting: $0.056 million.

(d) External auditing expense: $0.467 million. Of this $0.45 million relates to a notional charge for the annual audit conducted by the Australian National Audit Office. This is reported in the Financial Statements at Note 12 within the 2010-11 Annual Report (Resources received free of charge).

(e) External legal services: $3.080 million.

(f) Refer 2010-11 Annual Report, Section 4, Appendix 11 - Grants and contributions, page 229.

The department does not itemise expenditure at the level of detail sought. To fully report expenditure at the level of detail asked would require a significant diversion of resources and I do not consider the additional work can be justified.