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Thursday, 12 May 2011
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Ministers: Staff, Capital Works and Acquisitions

(Question No. 243)

Mr Briggs asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 3 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 Bowen: The answer to the honourable member's question is:

(1) The employment of staff under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 is administered by the Department of Finance and Deregulation (DoFD). 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) (a) and (b) 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, since being sworn in as Minister for Immigration and Citizenship on 14 September 2010, to 3 March 2011, the total cost of capital works and acquisitions incurred by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship for my office at Australian Parliament House is in the order of $3,950.91. A breakdown of costs is set out below:



1 x 4 Drawer C-Class Security Container


3 x Televisions


1 x Mini Fridge

$ 233.51

1 x DVD Player

$ 398.00