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Wednesday, 9 February 2005
Page: 171


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 20 December 2004:

(1)   On what date were media statements issued by the Honourable De-Anne Kelly MP in her capacity as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade removed from the department’s website.

(2)   Who ordered Ms Kelly’s media statements to be removed.

(3)   Will the Minister provide copies of all statements issued by Ms Kelly in her capacity as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade.


Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Following changes to the Ministry in November 2004, the links to Ms Kelly’s website, which included access to media statements, were removed.  This was consistent with normal departmental practice.  Normal practice should also have included the insertion of a link to Ms Kelly’s website under the list of ‘Previous Ministers’. The omission of this link was an oversight.

(2)   Ms Kelly’s media statements were not removed from the department’s website.   All information pertaining to Ms Kelly was and still is accessible at http://www.ministers.dotars.gov.au/ dk/home.htm and able to be accessed online via the website’s Search facility.

(3)   A new link to Ms Kelly’s media statements has been created under links to statements by ‘Previous Ministers’, and accordingly copies of all of Ms Kelly’s media statements can now also be found at: http://www.ministers.dotars.gov.au/previous.htm.