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Thursday, 25 August 1994
Page: 457

(Question No. 1520)

Senator Reid asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 30 June 1994:

  (1) Can an assurance be given that the department and its agencies or statutory authorities will not call for a single contractor to provide occasional design, artwork preparation, printing, supply and distribution of forms and client information publications, thereby excluding small and medium enterprises from tendering.

  (2) In the event of purchasing of (1) being reviewed by the department and its agencies or statutory authorities, will an undertaking be given to give due recognition to initiatives outlined in the recent Report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology entitled Australian Government Purchasing Policies in relation to: (a) industry development criterion; (b) comprehensive pre-tender ANZ supplier briefing procedure; and (c) an industry impact statement for the period of the contract(s).

  (3) Will a proportion of the department and its agencies or statutory authorities requirements under (1) be set aside for small to medium enterprises; if so, what proportion; if not, why not.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) Outside of any whole of government tied arrangements there is no intention to engage a single contractor to provide these services. Selection decisions will have due regard to the purchasing objective of value for money, including the central operating principle of open and effective competition.

  (2) & (3) I refer the honourable senator to the answer to question number 1538 by the Minister for Administrative Services.