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Wednesday, 24 August 1994
Page: 279

(Question No. 1428)


Senator Calvert asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 6 June 1994:

  (1) What type of brooch pins were purchased by the department (the Australian Mint) for $9,200 from Amor Sanders, Surry Hills, NSW.

  (2) Why were these brooch pins purchased.

  (3) How many brooch pins were purchased.

  (4) Were the brooch pins Australian made; if not why not.

  (5) For what promotional exercise were these brooch pins used.

  (6) Who received the brooch pins.

  (7) 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 Cook —The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) The brooch pin type is a fastening device which the Mint uses in the production of its medallions and medals.

  (2) The pin is a standard component used in the Mint's medallion and medal manufacturing process.

  (3) The Mint purchases approximately 14,000 pieces per annum at an average unit cost of $0.90. The $9,200 purchase referred to is part of that annual requirement.

  (4) The pins are assembled in Australia. There are two components consisting of a backing plate and a pin strip. The backing plate is manufactured locally whereas the pin strip is imported. The brooch pin is purchased as a single and final product of Amor Sanders. The sourcing of inputs used in their manufacture is a commercial decision of that company.

  (5) The pins are not used for promotional purposes.

  (6) The pins are used in the manufacture of medallions and medals for Government agencies and a wide range of Australian companies.

  (7) Promotional expenditure by the Royal Australian Mint is essentially on its numismatic coins. For the years in question, expenditure is as follows:

  1992-93—$80,000

  1993-94 year to date—$120,000