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Wednesday, 4 May 1994
Page: 268

(Question No. 1241)

Senator Parer asked the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories, upon notice, on 17 March 1994:

   With reference to purchase reference 8789, which the department arranged on 16 September 1993 and which was reported in the Gazette on 13 October 1993:

  (1) What speechwriting consultancy services does Mr Garrie Hutchinson provide to the department.

  (2) When did the consultancy commence.

  (3) When is the consultancy scheduled to end.

  (4) What is the estimated total cost of the consultancy.

  (5) What is the department's expenditure on the consultancy to date.

  (6) Who authorised the consultancy.

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

  (1) Mr Garrie Hutchinson was engaged by the department to provide six speeches as required by the Minister and the department.

  (2) The consultancy commenced on 20 May 1993 with the timing of the speeches at the discretion of the Minister and the Secretary.

  (3) At the completion of the six speeches.

  (4) $9,000 plus out of pocket expenses.

  (5) $5,271.30.

  (6) The First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Management Division.