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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Page: 6035

Ministers: Staff, Capital Works and Acquisitions

(Question Nos 251, 259, 260 and 261)


Mr Briggs asked the Attorney-General, the Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information, the Minister for Home Affairs and the Minister for Justice, in writing, on 3rd March 2011:

(1) How many personal staff are employed by the Minister.

(2) What is the (a) total cost, and (b) breakdown of costs, of all capital works and acquisitions in the Minister’s private office since 3 December 2007.


Mr McClelland: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The employment of staff under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 is administered by the Department of Finance and Deregulation. On 22 February 2011, DoFD tabled with the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee a list of Government Personal Staff Positions as at 1 February 2011.

(2) The cost of capital works and acquisitions for ministers’ offices is shared by the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS), Department of Finance and Deregulation (DoFD) and home departments in line with Appendix 2 of Supporting Ministers, Upholding the Values. The Special Minister of State will accordingly respond on behalf of all ministers in respect of costs incurred by the DPS and DoFD.

I am advised that the costs incurred by the Attorney-General’s Department are approximately as follows:

ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

ITEM

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

TOTAL

IT equipment

$16,816

$469

$2,539

$9,425

$29,249

Office equipment/supplies

$2,275

$750

$1,599

$4,564

$9,188

TOTAL

$19,091

$1,219

$4,138

$13,989

$38,437

 

MINISTER’S OFFICE

ITEM

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

TOTAL

IT equipment

$14,765

$1,797

$0

$14,605

$31,167

Office equipment/supplies

$749

$3,371

$1,620

$1,678

$7,418

TOTAL

$15,514

$5,168

$1,620

$16,283

$38,585