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Monday, 21 February 2011
Page: 864


Mr Briggs to ask the Minister for Defence, Minister for Defence Science and Personnel and the Minister for Defence Materiel, in writing, on 25 November 2010:

(1)   How many (a) mobile phones, (b) blackberries and (c) I-Pads are currently allocated to the (i) Minister, and (ii) the Minister’s ministerial staff.

(2)   In respect of mobile phone usage between (a) 3 December 2007 and 24 November 2010, and (b) 24 June 2010 and 24 November 2010, what was the total cost for (a) the Minister, and (b) the Minister’s ministerial staff.

(3)   For each month since December 2007, what was the cost of mobile phone usage for each mobile phone account allocated to the (a) Minister, and (b) Minister’s ministerial staff.


Mr Snowdon (Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Defence Science and Personnel and Minister for Indigenous Health) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)  

(a)   and (b)   The table below provides details of the number of mobile phones and blackberries that are currently allocated to the Ministers and their Ministerial staff by office:

Minister for Defence

Ministerial Staff

Mobile Phones

2

Nil

Blackberries

1

13

Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

Ministerial Staff

Mobile Phones

Nil

Nil

Blackberries

1

2

Minister for Defence Materiel

Ministerial Staff

Mobile Phones

Nil

Nil

Blackberries

1

6

 

(1)  

(c)   The Department of Defence does not currently provide I-Pads for the use of Ministers and their staff.

(2)  

(a)   and (b)   The table below provides the total aggregated figures (GST exclusive) for expenditure during financial years 2009-10 and 2010-11 (to 31 October 2010) against each Ministerial office for mobile phones, Blackberries and Next G data card usage. The Department of Defence is unable to separate the costs attributed to the Minister and the Ministerial staff. The information sought for the period 3 December 2007 until 1 July 2009 is not readily available. To gather this information would require an unreasonable use of Defence resources and I am not prepared to authorise the effort that would be required.

Office of the former Minister for Defence

Office of the former Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

Office of the former Minister for Defence Materiel and Science

Office of the former Minister for Defence Personnel

Financial Year

2009/10

$52,109.98

$3,502.23

$23,349.99

Nil

Financial Year

2010/11

(1 July to

31 October 2010)

$13,919.37

Nil

$7,273.56

$2,505.29

 

  

   (3)   The information sought is not readily available. To gather this information would require an unreasonable use of Defence resources and I am not prepared to authorise the effort that would be required.