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Monday, 19 September 1994
Page: 931

(Question No. 603)


Senator Calvert asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 27 September 1993:

  (1) Did the Australian Taxation Office purchase coffee mugs to the value of $3 750 from The Mud Factory, Bendigo.

  (2) What logo or emblem appeared on these mugs.

  (3) For what purpose were these mugs purchased.

  (4) How many mugs did $3 750 buy.

  (5) To what extent have the mugs been used.


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

  (1) Yes, the ATO purchased coffee mugs to the value of $3 750 from The Mud Factory, Shepparton. The ATO Social Club also purchased mugs to the value of $3 750 out of social club funds. There was an understanding between the ATO and the Social Club that they would share the costs of purchasing these coffee mugs.

  (2) The base of the mugs reads "Casselden Place 1992—Social Club". The mugs also bear the name of the ATO staff member to whom the mug was presented.

  (3) The mugs were purchased to commemorate the opening of the new Casselden Place Office in

Melbourne, and were given to each staff member for use in the office.

  (4) The $3 750 spent by the ATO purchased 750 mugs.

  (5) The mugs are used by staff for tea, coffee etc. The extent of use would vary from person to person.