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Monday, 10 August 2015
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Serana (WA) Pty Ltd

(Question No 804)


Ms MacTiernan asked the Minister for Agriculture, in writing, on 27/5/15:

In respect of (a) evidence from the Department of Agriculture to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on Monday 25 May 2015, where the Department advised that its investigation into Serana (WA) Pty Ltd is ongoing and that the cost of the investigation was $239,285 as at 30 April 2015, and (b) his answer to question in writing No. 498, in which he said the total cost of its investigation into Serana (WA) Pty Ltd was $237,435.83 as at 27 November 2014 (House Hansard , 9 February 2015, page 249), can he provide a cost breakdown of activities that his department has undertaken in the past six months in the course of this investigation.


Mr Joyce: The Minister for Agriculture has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The total costs of activities undertaken in the past six months (1 November 2014 - 30 April 2015) for the Serana investigation are as follows:

­ Airfare costs for a total of six return flights to Perth, Sydney and Canberra $2154.40.

­ Accommodation costs for a total of 14 domestic trips where overnight accommodation was required $4597.

­ Car hire costs for one vehicle to travel return from Perth to Bunbury totalling $199.30.

Compliance Division, First Assistant Secretary, Ms Raelene Vivian wrote to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 11 June 2015 to clarify costs related to the Serana investigation.

Ms Vivian advised the Committee that the cost amounts provided to the committee did not include some freight that was carried in that time, departmental staff costs and did not include costs associated with the investigation of other entities within the investigation.

Total staffing costs for the Serana element of the investigation as at 27 November 2014 is estimated at $77,000 and for the period 28 November 2014 to 30 April 2015 is estimated at $31,000.