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Tuesday, 23 August 1994
Page: 138

(Question No. 1429)


Senator Calvert asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 6 June 1994:

  (1) What type of ties were purchased for $3,180 by the Science Resources Management, Science Corporate Management Section of the department, from Rembrandt Ties Pty Ltd, Adelaide.

  (2) Why were these ties purchased.

  (3) How many ties were purchased.

  (4) Were the ties Australian made, if not why not.

  (5) For what promotional exercise were these ties used.

  (6) Who received the ties.

  (7) What do the initials DSTO represent.

  (8) How many mugs and coasters were purchased for $2,165.52 by the same section of the department from Paddywack Promotional Products Pty Ltd, Fyshwick.

  (9) Why were these mugs and coasters purchased.

  (10) What type of mugs and coasters were purchased.

  (11) Were the mugs and coasters Australian made, if not, why not.

  (12) For what promotional exercise were these mugs and coasters used.

  (13) Who received the mugs and coasters.

  (14) In the 1992-93 financial year, and the 1993-94 financial year to date, what amount has been spent on promotional activities and aids by the department.


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

  (1) The ties are made of polyester and were purchased in two colours, red and navy. They have a corporate design consisting of maps of Australia and the acronym "DSTO". The words "Department of Defence" appear at the bottom of the tie.

  (2) The ties were purchased to encourage esprit de corps among staff, and for presentational purposes. They are sold to staff at cost price and the proceeds are retained by the Department of Defence. They also are used to promote the organisation. Some officers wear their ties when representing the organisation at meetings, conferences and exhibitions, and senior staff sometimes present them as gifts for protocol purposes.

  (3) 332 ties were purchased.

  (4) The ties are Australian made.

  (5) The ties were not purchased for any particular promotional exercise. See answer to question (2) above.

  (6) See answer to questions (2) and (5) above. Records are kept of ties given as gifts for protocol purposes.

  (7) The initials DSTO represent Defence Science and Technology Organisation. A copy of the latest version of `Smart Edge' has been provided to the honourable senator which gives further information about the DSTO.

  (8) 500 coasters and 576 mugs were purchased for $2165.52 from Paddywack Promotional Products Pty Ltd, Fyshwick, ACT.

  (9) See answer to question (2) above.

  (10) The mugs are stoneware in the DSTO corporate colour with a gold design. The coasters are cork-backed plastic. Both items have the DSTO logo and a slogan.

  (11) The coasters were made and printed in Australia. The mugs were made in China and printed in Australia. The items were selected because they were available under Commonwealth Government contract (PC91/50011-1).

  (12) The mugs and coasters were not purchased for any particular promotional exercise.

  (13) See answer to question (6) above.

  (14) In the past two years DSTO has participated in two major external promotional activities, as follows:

Australian International Air Show at Avalon, Vic., October 1992.

The Great Australian Science Show, which was part of the inaugural Australian Science Festival held in Canberra in April 1993.

The overall cost of DSTO's participation in the Air Show was $66,810 and $10,366 for the Great Australian Science Show (both the above amounts comprise cost of exhibition space, manufacture and freight of exhibit, mounting and dismounting of display, and promotional material such as fridge magnets, show bags and stickers.)