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Monday, 13 October 2008
Page: 5858


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 30 May 2008:

Since 1 July 2006: (a) has the department or any agency in the Minister’s portfolio engaged: (i) CMAX Communications, (ii) Maximum Communications, (iii) Mr Christian Taubenschlag, (iv) Ms Tara Taubenschlag, or (v) any company operated by Mr Christian Taubenschlag or Ms Tara Taubenschlag; and (b) if so, in each case: (i) when was the engagement, (ii) what was the nature of the engagement, (iii) what was the value of the engagement, (iv) what was the term of the engagement, (v) was the engagement entered into after a competitive process; if not, why not, and (vi) did the Minister or any of his/her staff have a role in recommending this engagement.


Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

Australian Accounting Standards Board

The AASB has never at any time engaged any of these companies.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

The ABS has never at any time engaged any of these companies.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Since 1 July 2006 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has not engaged CMAX Communications, Maximum Communications, Mr Christian Taubenschlag, Ms Tara Taubenschlag, or any company operated by Mr Christian Taubenschlag or Ms Tara Taubenschlag.

Australian Office of Financial Management

The AOFM has never at any time engaged any of these companies.

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

APRA has never at any time engaged any of these companies.

Australian Securities and Investment Commission

ASIC has not engaged in any way with any of the companies mentioned above since 1 July 2006.

Australian Taxation Office

The ATO has never at any time engaged any of these companies.

Corporations and Markets Advisory Board

CAMAC has never at any time engaged any of these companies.

Inspector-General of Taxation

The IGT has never at any time engaged any of these companies.

National Competition Council

The NCC has never at any time engaged any of these companies.

Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission has never at any time engaged any of these companies.

Royal Australian Mint

The RAM have not engaged any of these companies or people since 1 July 2006.

The Treasury

The Treasury has never at any time engaged any of these companies.