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Monday, 13 October 2008
Page: 5860

Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 30 May 2008:

Since 1 July 2006: (a) has the department or any agency in the Minister’s portfolio engaged: (i) CMAX Communications, (ii) Maximum Communications, (iii) Mr Christian Taubenschlag, (iv) Ms Tara Taubenschlag, or (v) any company operated by Mr Christian Taubenschlag or Ms Tara Taubenschlag; and (b) if so, in each case: (i) when was the engagement, (ii) what was the nature of the engagement, (iii) what was the value of the engagement, (iv) what was the term of the engagement, (v) was the engagement entered into after a competitive process; if not, why not, and (vi) did the Minister or any of his/her staff have a role in recommending this engagement.

Senator Sherry (Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

Since 1 July 2006:


(i)   Yes, the former Export Wheat Commission engaged CMAX Communications.


(i)   16 May 2008.

(ii)   Development of new website content for Wheat Exports Australia.

(iii)   $2,200 (GST excluded).

(iv)   One-off, short-term consultancy completed before 30 June 2008.

(v)   No. Consultant was selected as Canberra-based; possessed specialist grains industry skills and knowledge; and was available at short notice.

(vi)   No.