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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 175

Mr Bowen asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 10 October 2005:

Did his department engage The Open Mind Research Group at a cost of $11,400 to conduct research; if so, what research is being conducted under the terms of this contract.

Mr Downer (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

Yes. The Open Mind Research Group was contracted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to undertake research for the smartraveller public information campaign on consular services and travel advice. The Open Mind Research Group has conducted formative, benchmarking and tracking research and creative testing. The total contract value is $494,741 over three years (2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06).