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Thursday, 25 August 1994
Page: 449

(Question No. 1118)


Senator Newman asked the Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development, upon notice, on 2 March 1994:

  (1) What amount was debited by the Minister to his/her taxpayer-funded credit card from the election in March 1993 to 30 June 1993 and also from 1 July 1993 to 28 February 1994.

  (2) Please provide a breakdown by month and by category of expenditure, for example, meals, accommodation, flowers and gifts, for the amount referred to in (1).


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

  The recorded amounts debited to the credit card statement of the former Minister for Industry,

Technology and Regional Development, the Hon Alan Griffiths, MP, including bank fees, from the election in March 1993 to 30 June 1993 and from 1 July 1993 until his resignation are $981.05 and $5935.43 respectively. The latter includes $2124.60 for a planning conference with the Department involving 45 senior officers ($1800 for hire of venue, $176.80 for phones, $147.80 for photocopies and faxes).

  Since being appointed as the Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development, no debits have been recorded against the Australian Government Credit Card issued to me.

  The following table provides a breakdown by month with expenditure categorised into official hospitality, (refer to the procedures in "Ministers of State of the Commonwealth Parliament; Office Handbook", Department of Administrative Services) official telephone costs, conference charges and associated costs and miscellaneous expenditure covering photocopy, fax and other costs.

MONTH CATEGORY

Miscellaneous

Official Conference (incl. photo-

Official Telephone Associated copying,

Hospitality Costs Costs faxes etc) Total

Period: March 93 to 30 June 93 inclusive

$ $ $ $ $

March 93 - - - - NIL

April 93 - - - - NIL

May 93 - - - 3.75 3.75

June 93 374.00 6.00 - 597.30(1) 977.30

TOTAL 374.00 6.00 - 601.50 981.05

Period: 01 July 93 to 28 February 94 inclusive

July 93 - 656.70(2) 1800.00(2) 699.93(2) 3156.63

August 93 1061.00 - - 60.00 1121.00

Sept. 93 169.00 - - 3.75 172.75

Nov. 93 260.00 - - 270.00(1) 702.50

Dec 93 448.80 10.00 - 3.75 462.55

Jan. 94 60.00 - - - 60.00

Feb. 94 - - - - -

  N.B. (1) Amounts of $374.70 and $270.00, were reimbursed by the then Minister for debits in June 1993 and October 1993 respectively.

  (2) The then Minister paid the full bill for a planning conference involving senior Departmental officers on his AGCC. The $2124.60 is made up of venue hire costs of $1800 for 45 officers x $20 x 2 days, $176.80 on telephones and $147.80 on photocopies and faxes.