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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 117

(Question No. 1121)


Senator Newman asked the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, upon notice, on 2 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 category of expenditure, for example, meals, accommodation, flowers and gifts, for the amount referred to in (1).


Senator Collins —The Minister for Primary Industries and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) & (2) Mastercard expenses—Mr Simon Crean

Month Category Amount

March 1993 Nil Nil

April 1993 Official Hospitality $599.80

May 1993 Official Hospitality $391.00

June 1993 Nil Nil

July 1993 Nil Nil

August 1993 Official Hospitality $173.75

September 1993 Official Hospitality $719.50

October 1993 Official Hospitality $113.80

November 1993 Nil Nil

December 1993 Official Hospitality $202.90

Total $2,200.75

  Mastercard Expenses—Senator Bob Collins

  Senator Collins does not hold a Commonwealth Credit Card.

  The Department's accounting system does not record specific details of individual items of expenditure on forms of official hospitality.