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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 242

Media Monitoring and Clipping Services

(Question No.391)

Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Education and Training, in writing, on 3 September 2014:

In respect of media monitoring and clipping services in the financial periods since 7 September 2013, (a) what sum has been spent on such services engaged by (i) the Minister ' s office, and where applicable, each (ii) junior Minister (including Assistant Ministers), and (iii) Parliamentary Secretary, and (b) what was the (i) name, and (ii) postal address, of each media monitoring company engaged by each of these offices.

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

(a) Portfolio Ministerial offices access the same media monitoring as the Department of Education and costs are not attributed separately. As a means of managing the machinery of government transition to stand alone departments (announced on 18 September 2013) the departments of Employment and Education shared arrangements for media monitoring until 30 June 2014. It is not possible to disaggregate expenditure between the two departments. For the 2013-14 financial year, the shared media monitoring expenditure was $699,321.99 (GST exclusive). Media monitoring expenditure for the Department of Education from 1 July 2014 to 30 September 2014 was $213,302.33 (GST exclusive).

(b) (i) (ii) The two media monitoring providers' details are:

a. Australian Associated Press (AAP),

PO Box 3411 Rhodes Waterside, Rhodes NSW 2138

b. iSentia (formerly Media Monitors Pty Ltd),

131 Canberra Avenue, Griffith ACT 2603