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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 133

(Question No. 1234)

Senator Calvert asked the Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development, upon notice, on 17 March 1994:

  (1) What type of historic furniture was restored at a cost of $2,596 in January 1994 by the Australian Industrial Property Organisation.

  (2) Was this the total cost of the restoration; if not, what was the total cost.

  (3) How much furniture was restored.

  (4) How much carpet was purchased by the same section for $6,940 by Si-Com Commercial Floor Coverings, Fyshwick.

  (5) Where was the carpet laid.

  (6) Was the cost of labour for laying the carpet $14,000; if not, what was the cost of labour for laying the carpet.

  (7) Is it unusual for the labour to be more than double the cost of the carpet itself.

  (8) Was the carpet Australian made; if not, why not.

Senator Cook —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) The items restored were: (a) Executive Double Pedestal Desk, (b) Large Library Reading Table and (c) Small Library Display Table

  (2) Yes.

  (3) The three items listed.

  (4) 220 square metres. The $6,940 price included laying of the carpet and repairs to some tiles in this area.

  (5) On the second floor of Scarborough House in the area used by the AIPO Library.

  (6) No. The labour cost for laying the carpet in question was $915.

  (7) Not relevant.

  (8) The carpet was purchased under Commonwealth Common Use Contract BG 12. The carpets, produced by Godfrey Hirst Australia, are shown in BG 12 to be manufactured in Australia.