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Notice given 18 August 2000

2765  Senator Ray: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care—With reference to the Minister’s refusal to answer question on notice no 2165, on the grounds that too much time and effort were required:

(1) On how many occasions did the department pay for dinners or functions, both in restaurants and elsewhere, attended by the Minister, not including those paid for and approved by the Ceremonial and Hospitality Unit of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, from 1 April 1998 to 11 May 1999.

(2) In each instance: (a) when did the dinner or function take place; (b) what was the purpose of the dinner or function; (c) what was the venue for the dinner or function; and (d) how was the dinner or function paid for, for example, invoiced to the department, credit card, reimbursement, etc.

2766  Senator Ray: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care—With reference to the Minister’s refusal to answer question on notice no. 2165, on the grounds the too much time and effort were required:

(1) Is the Minister aware that questions, similar in all essential particulars, and pertaining to Ministers Anderson, Scott, Vaile, McGauran, Reith, Newman and former Ministers Fischer and Sharp, were asked and answered in full.

(2) Will the Minister request his department to approach those other departments which have answered these questions in order to take advice as to how to do it promptly and without expending unnecessary resources and effort.

2767  Senator Ray: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care—

(1) Which section of the department is responsible for processing the entertainment expenses of the Minister.

(2) Are all records pertaining to the Minister’s entertainment expenses kept on file.

2769  Senator Ray: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care—

(1) How many Freedom of Information (FOI) requests were received by the department in the 1999-2000 financial year.

(2) (a) How many of those requests have been finalised; (b) how many are pending; and (c) how many were refused and, in each instance, on what grounds.

(3) On how many occasions have costs been waived for the processing of FOI requests.