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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 115

(Question No. 1110)


Senator Newman asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister and the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 1 March 1994:

  (1) What amount was debited by the Minister to his/her taxpayer-funded credit card from the election in March 1993 to 30 June 1993 and also from 1 July 1993 to 28 February 1994.

  (2) Please provide a breakdown by month and by category of expenditure, for example, meals, accommodation, flowers and gifts, for the amount referred to in (1)


Senator Gareth Evans —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's questions:

  (1) In respect of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, only one credit card was on issue to a Minister during these periods. This card was issued by my Department to the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. The only transaction was during the period 1 July 1993 to 28 February 1994, where an amount of $350 was debited.

  (2) The expenditure referred to in (1) was incurred in September 1993 and was for official hospitality in respect of a dinner function.