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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 205


Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 25 November 2008:

(1)   How many Commonwealth credit cards have been issued to departmental and agency staff within the Minister’s portfolio.

(2)   How many Commonwealth credit cards have been issued to departmental and agency staff that fall within the responsibility of the Minister’s associated Parliamentary Secretary or Secretaries.

(3)   Within the Minister’s portfolio, how many Commonwealth credit cards have been issued to: (a) staff employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984; (b) the Minister; and (c) the Minister’s associated Parliamentary Secretary or Secretaries.

(4)   For each Commonwealth credit card issued in (3) above, what was the date of its issue.


Senator Faulkner (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) and (2) As at the 28th November 2008 there were 65,500 active Commonwealth credit cards issued within Defence comprising 59,663 Defence Travel Cards and 5,837 Defence Purchasing Cards.

(3) and (4) None. Staff employed under the Members of Parliament Staff Act 1984, Ministerial and Parliamentary Secretaries are not issued with Commonwealth credit cards as all business-related purchases are made by Ministerial and Executive Support Branch within Defence.