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Wednesday, 4 May 1994
Page: 267

(Question No. 1233)

Senator Calvert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 16 March 1994:

  (1) What type of chairs were repaired and re-upholstered at a cost of $3 750 by the Western Australian section of the department.

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

  (3) What repairs were carried out on the chairs.

  (4) What fabric was used to re-upholster the chairs.

  (5) Was it Australian made; if not, why not.

  (6) What would the cost have been to fully replace the chairs instead of having them repaired.

  (7) Who uses these chairs.

  (8) What was the age of the chairs at the time they were repaired.

  (9) What other costs, for example, transport, were involved in having the chairs repaired.

Senator Crowley —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) Adjustable office chairs Stem 7000, model 703 made by Stem Tubular Industries (Vic) Pty Ltd, 25 Power Road, Bayswater, Victoria, 3153.

  (2) Yes.

  (3) Replacement of height adjustment mechanism.

  (4) Macquarie Fabrics `Pioneer Hydrangea', 100% pure new wool.

  (5) Yes.

  (6) The equivalent chair, a Stem 7500, model 753, would have cost $8,370 for 15 chairs, plus $400 transport costs from Melbourne to Perth.

  (7) Staff and visitors such as industry personnel, using conference/training facility.

  (8) 6 years.

  (9) None.