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Tuesday, 22 May 2012
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Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Arts, and Sport: Credit Card Breaches

(Question No. 909)


Mr Briggs asked the Minister for the Arts, in writing, on 20 March 2012:

In respect of departmental credit card use, in:

2008-09

(a) how many times has the use of a credit card breached departmental guidelines;

(b) what was the dollar value of each breach, and what sum was repaid in each instance; and

(c) were any employees disciplined for such breaches.

2009-10

(a) how many times has the use of a credit card breached departmental guidelines;

(b) what was the dollar value of each breach, and what sum was repaid in each instance; and

(c) were any employees disciplined for such breaches.

2010-11

(a) how many times has the use of a credit card breached departmental guidelines;

(b) what was the dollar value of each breach, and what sum was repaid in each instance; and

(c) were any employees disciplined for such breaches.


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

2008-09

The Office for the Arts (including Artbank and the National Portrait Gallery) was part of the former Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts at this time. Data for departmental credit card use by Office for the Arts would be covered in the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities' response. For the Office for the Arts to provide this information would involve an unreasonable diversion of departmental resources.

2009-10

The Office for the Arts (including Artbank and the National Portrait Gallery) was part of the former Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts at this time. Data for departmental credit card use by Office for the Arts would be covered in the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities' response. For the Office for the Arts to provide this information would involve an unreasonable diversion of departmental resources.

2010-11

The Office for the Arts (including Artbank and the National Portrait Gallery) was part of the former Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts until March 2011. Data for departmental credit card use by Office for the Arts would be covered in the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities' response. For the Office for the Arts to provide this information would involve an unreasonable diversion of departmental resources.

There were no instances of departmental credit card misuse during the period Office for the Arts was part of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (from March 2011).