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Thursday, 8 February 2007
Page: 8


Mr Georganas asked the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, in writing, on 13 June 2006:

What sum has the Government spent on (a) consultants and other non-employees of the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, including advertising agents, market researchers, and public relations consultants, in the development of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005, and (b) promotional and educational material, and advertising, to publicise the WorkChoices system.


Mr Andrews (Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   In the 2005-06 financial year, the Department spent $4,864,535.72 (GST exclusive) on advertising agents, market researchers, and public relations consultants during the development of the Workplace Relations Amendment (WorkChoices) Act 2005.

(b)   Prior to the introduction of the Workplace Relations Amendment (WorkChoices) Act 2005, the Department spent $39.407 million in 2005-06 on promotional and educational material, and advertising, to publicise the WorkChoices system.