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Notice given 19 January 2006

1551  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the lease and/or purchase of additional office space and refurbishment of office space by the department in the 2005-06 financial year: by location, what costs are associated with: (a) the lease and/or purchase of additional space; and (b) the refurbishment of office space.

1552  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—For the 2004-05 financial year, what was the internal budget allocation for the Portfolio Strategic Policy and Projects Division within the department.

1553  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) When did the department or agencies for which the Minister is responsible introduce credit cards for ‘travel’ purposes and ‘purchasing’ purposes.

(2) How is the credit card provider selected by the department and each agency.

(3) For each of the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 to date, disaggregated to show the number of cards issued by the department and each agency, how many travel cards have been issued to staff.

(4) For each of the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 to date, disaggregated to show the value of expenditure on cards issued by the department and each agency, what is the total value of purchases using travel cards.

(5) Can a copy of the relevant chief executive’s instructions in relation to travel cards be provided; if not, why not.

(6) For each of the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 to date, disaggregated to show the number of cards issued by the department and each agency, how many purchase cards have been issued to staff.

(7) For each of the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 to date, disaggregated to show the value of expenditure on cards issued by the department and each agency, what is the total value of purchases made using purchase cards.

(8) Can a copy of the relevant chief executive’s instructions in relation to purchase cards be provided; if not, why not.

1554  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to evidence given by the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs Legislation Committee (Rural and Regional Affairs Legislation Committee Hansard , Supplementary Budget Estimates, 31 October 2005) that the department has a ‘best fare of the day’ policy for departmental travel: Can a copy of the department’s policy guidelines be provided.