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Thursday, 8 February 2007
Page: 8

Mr Bowen asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, on 7 February 2006:

Further to the answer to question No. 2538, can the Minister explain why a contract appeared on the list of AusTender contracts, contract agency ref. no. 002610968, stating that the Minister’s department had engaged Eleven Group consulting on 27 September 2005.

Mr Ruddock (Attorney-General) —The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

The answer that was provided by DIMA and tabled on 18 January 2006 stating that the department has no record of engaging Eleven Group Consulting was incorrect. DIMA has now advised that it did engage Eleven Group Consulting to provide services to facilitate business planning.

The incorrect answer that was tabled on 18 January 2006 was due to a mis-communication of the details of the service provider within DIMA. This in turn caused the search of DIMA’s vendors to be incorrectly specified. DIMA has also advised that it has now instituted procedures to minimise the risks of this type of mistake reoccurring.