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Wednesday, 30 June 1999
Page: 6988


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 20 May 1999:

Has Mr Geoffrey Robertson QC been engaged as a consultant by the Minister or the department since March 1996; if so:

(1) (a) What was the nature of the work Mr Robertson undertook; (b) when was he engaged (c;) when was the work completed; (d) what was the nature of the work; and (e) what was the cost of the consultancy.

(2) Was the contract the subject of a tender process; if not why not.

(3) Did the final cost vary from the contracted price; if so: (a) what was the magnitude of the cost variation; and (b) what was the cause of the variation.

(4) Have other consultants been engaged to undertake work associated with the Robertson consultancy; if so: (a) who were those consultants; (b) when were they engaged; (c) when was the work completed; (d) what was the nature of the work undertaken by them; and ( e) what was the cost of each consultancy.

(5) Did the final cost vary from the contracted price for any of the above consultancies; if so: (a) what was the magnitude of the cost variation; and (b) what was the cause of the variation.

(6) Was each contract the subject of a tender process; if not, why not.


Senator Newman (Family and Community Services; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) to (6) No.