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Thursday, 11 October 2012
Page: 8112

Health and Ageing

(Question Nos 2150 and 2151)


Senator Humphries asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 10 September 2012:

In regard to each department and agency within the Minister's responsibility:

(1) Has there been a reduction in the number of plants in departmental and agency offices; if so: (a) by what percentage; (b) on what date did it come into effect; (c) what was the reason for the reduction; and (d) how much will each department and agency save as a result.

(2) What is the budget for the facilities management branch (or equivalent) in the: (a) 2011-12; and (b) 2012-13 financial years.

(3) What is the name of the organisation contracted to supply plants to departmental and agency offices.

(4) If a reduction in the number of office plants has taken place, when was the contracted organisation first made aware of the decision.

(5) Were staff consulted regarding a possible reduction in plants prior to it taking place.

(6) Have any complaints been registered from staff in relation to reductions in office plants.


Senator Ludwig: The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Responses relate to the Department only for the 2012-13 financial year unless otherwise specified. To collate and compile the requested information for the whole portfolio would involve a significant resource effort that the Department is not currently in a position to undertake.

(1) No.

(2) Within the Department the repairs and maintenance budget is considered the equitable measure for reporting the facilities budget:

(a) 2011-12 financial year - $1,286,753.

(b) 2012-13 financial year - $1,172,153.

(3) 'Instyle Indoor Plant Hire'.

(4) Not applicable.

(5) Not applicable.

(6) Not applicable.