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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1600


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 12 February 2008:

As at 26 November 2007, with reference to the department and all agencies in the Minister’s portfolio:

(1)   How many employees are engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring.

(2)   What are the responsibilities of these staff.

(3)   What are the Australian Public Service classifications of these positions.

(4)   For each of the financial years 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11, what is the current operating budget for these media-related sections within the department or agency.


Senator Chris Evans (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   I am advised that no employees in the Prime Minister’s portfolio are solely engaged in public affairs, media management and liaison with the media and media monitoring. The Agencies all have staff who provide responses to media inquiries, media liaison or public affairs type functions as part of their on going functions and duties.

(2)   The responsibilities include handling media inquiries, website management, publications, responses to information requests, media liaison and media monitoring.

(3)   N/A

(4)   I am advised that for all agencies in the Prime Minister’s portfolio there is no specific budget for positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring.