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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 162


Senator Chris Evans asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 17 November 2004:

(1)   What was the value of computing and information technology equipment purchased by Defence in each month of the 2003-04 financial year.

(2)   Is all of this equipment now in use within Defence.

(3)   Is any of the equipment not in use and instead in storage; if so, how much of the equipment is in storage (that is, how many monitors, personal computers, printers etc).


Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   The following amounts were published in the Commonwealth Gazette under ANZASS Code 452:

Month

Value ($)

July 2003

6,811,606

August 2003

12,336,617

September 2003

10,175,259

October 2003

9,513,224

November 2003

10,169,686

December 2003

7,350,049

January 2004

3,912,876

February 2004

23,486,250

March 2004

16,049,771

April 2004

20,479,930

May 2004

58,202,255

June 2004

8,055,333

(2)   No.

(3)   Defence manages a significant level of rolling stock to sustain its user base of over 80,000 people. I am not prepared to authorise the considerable expense involved in analysing the very large number of transactions required to provide precise numbers which, given the nature of Information and Communication Technology stock management, would be dated as soon as derived. However, it is possible to advise that the central store in Canberra as at 24 November 2004 held 1,400 personal computers, 4,000 monitors and 275 printers.