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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14987

Mr Baldwin asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 13 February 2003:

(1) What was the previous electoral office address for the Member for Paterson.

(2) When was the office established at that address.

(3) What was the length of the lease.

(4) Who were the owners of the property and if it was a company, who were the directors of that company.

(5) During the period of the lease, what was the DOFA member entitlement for an electorate office area in square metres.

(6) What was the area in square metres of the office.

(7) Was the area within the DOFA member entitlement; if not, why not.

(8) What was the annual rental for the property.

(9) What abnormal costs were involved in the establishment of that office.

(10) What were the relocation, lease finalisation and restitution costs.

Mr Abbott (Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) —The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) 46 William Street, Raymond Terrace, New South Wales.

(2) March 2001.

(3) Three years.

(4) Raymond Terrace Cash Loan and Finance CO Pty Ltd. The Directors were Mr Stuart McLachlan and Mr Duncan McLachlan.

(5) Electorate offices are provided under item 7 Part 1 Schedule 1 of the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990.

(6) 170 square metres.

(7) Not applicable, because there is no “DOFA member entitlement” which specifies the size of an electorate office.

(8) Commercial-in-confidence. Any disclosure could prejudice the ability of the Commonwealth to sublet the property at a rate that represents value for money for the Commonwealth.

(9) None.

(10) $4,579 for removalists. The Department through United KFPW is in negotiations with the lessor to accept surrender of the lease or agreement to sub lease the premises.