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Thursday, 25 August 1994
Page: 452

(Question No. 1405)


Senator Calvert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 20 May 1994:

  (1) How many golf balls were purchased by Purchasing Australia from Jaymac Promotions.

  (2) Was the total cost $2,338; if not, what was the total cost.

  (3) What was being promoted by these golf balls.

  (4) What other promotional products have been purchased by the department over the financial years 1992-93 and 1993-94 to date and what have these products been promoting.

  (5) What is the breakdown of costs involved with these promotional products.


Senator McMullan —The Minister for Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) 75 dozen golf balls were purchased in 1993-94

  (2) Yes

  (3) The products of Purchasing Australia.

  (4) A wide range of promotional products in the nature of pens, diaries, desk items, stationery and minor personal items were purchased.

  The Department's guidelines on promotional gifts, issued on 24 June 1994, states:

"Gifts, such as pens and diaries, distributed by business units to clients are considered a legitimate means of business promotion. Such initiatives should be taken within the framework determined by the management of the business and should include appropriate records and accountability. It is inappropriate for promotional items of this nature to be adopted by budget funded units of the Department."

  (5) The total amount expended in 1992-93 was $140,409, and in 1993-94 was $167,880.