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Thursday, 25 August 1994
Page: 458

(Question No. 1526)

Senator Reid asked the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, 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 the 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 Cook —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) Guidelines issued by my Department and agencies within the Industry, Science and Technology Portfolio for their procurement of goods and services are based on achieving the best value for money having regard to the fundamental concept of open and effective competition. These guidelines in no way disadvantage small and medium enterprises.

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