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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 149


Senator Abetz asked the Minister for Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 18 July 2008:

(1)   So far, what is the total cost of Professor Garnaut’s travel and accommodation expenses paid by, or invoiced to, the department.

(2)   What is the total cost of staffing resources provided to Professor Garnaut.

(3) (a)   How are staff working on the review engaged; (b) are the positions Australian Public Sector positions/classifications; (c) at what pay/level are the staff; an (d) are the staff on non-ongoing contracts.

(4)   Are the staff physically located within the Department of Climate Change; if not, where are the staff engaged.

(5)   In relation to Professor Garnaut’s motor vehicle allowance, has the department made enquiries as to what type of motor vehicle Professor Garnaut drives; if so, what is its make and model.

(6)   Does the department pay Professor Garnaut’s mobile phone bill; if so, how much has been paid/invoiced to date.

(7)   Has the Government provided any other resources to assist Professor Garnaut; if so, can details of these resources be provided.

(8)   For each of the five public forums held by Professor Garnaut in the week of 7 July 2008, what was the total cost of: (a) venue hire; (b) advertising; (c) Professor Garnaut’s travel and accommodation; (d) any supporting staff travel and accommodation; and (e) any other expenses.

(9)   Has anyone working with Professor Garnaut, or Professor Garnaut himself, prepared briefing information for the Department of Climate Change for the Minister, or directly to the Minister; if so, when was this information provided to the Minister/department.

(10)   (a) Who paid for the printing, publication and distribution of the draft report of the Garnaut Climate Change Review; (b) what was the cost of printing, publication and distribution of the report; and (c) how many copies were printed.

(11)   (a) On what basis was the paper ‘9Lives80’ selected for use in the report; (b) where is this paper made; (c) if the paper is not Australian-made: (i) why was this paper preferred ahead of Australian-made options, (ii) how many carbon miles were used to bring the paper to Australia for printing and use in the report, and (iii) were these carbon miles offset; and (d) what was the total cost of using this paper in the report.

(12)   (a) Who paid for the design and development of the logo for the Garnaut Climate Change Review; (b) who designed the logo; and (c) what was the total cost of designing the logo.

(13)   What financial or staffing support has been provided for the maintenance of the Garnaut Review website.


Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The amended answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

Explanation: Paragraph 5 has been amended due to a misunderstanding regarding the payment of Professor Garnaut’s vehicle allowance.

(1)   The cost of Professor Garnaut’s travel and accommodation expenses paid by the Department of Climate Change as at 13 August 2008 is $14 704.54.

(2)   The Department of Climate Change has provided Professor Garnaut with staffing resources that as at 13 August 2008 totalled approximately $200 000.

(3)  

(a)   Staff funded by the Commonwealth have been either seconded from the Department of Climate Change; seconded from the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts; seconded from the Victorian Department of the Premier and Cabinet; or engaged externally for the period of the Review.

(b)   All such staff are employed within Australian Public Sector classifications.

(c)   Staff are employed within the bandwidth APS 6 - SES Band 3.

(d)   Staff seconded from Commonwealth Departments are on ongoing contracts. Other staff are on non-ongoing contracts.

(4)   The Secretariat is co-located with the Department of Climate Change at 2 Constitution Avenue.

(5)   The Department has not made enquiries as to what type of motor vehicle Professor Garnaut drives.

(6)   The Department pays 35 per cent of Professor Garnaut’s total mobile phone bill. As at 13 August 2008, $1 539.45 has been paid by the Department of Climate Change.

(7)   The Department of Climate Change has assisted in providing corporate administrative support to the Garnaut Review, as appropriate, to ensure oversight and management of the Commonwealth contribution.

(8)   Venue hire, advertising and Professor Garnaut’s travel and accommodation were paid for from State and Territory contributions to the Garnaut Review. The Commonwealth contributed $2 210.32 for supporting staff travel and accommodation.

(9)   Professor Garnaut and the Secretariat have not prepared any briefing information for the Department of Climate Change for the Minister. Professor Garnaut has met directly with the Minister for Climate Change and Water on a number of occasions.

(10)  

   (a)   The Department of Climate Change paid for the printing of the Draft Report.

   (b)   Draft Report printing costs totalled $70 000. Distribution was minimal and costs are valued at approximately $500.

   (c)   600 copies of the draft report were printed.

(11)  

   (a)   9Lives80 paper was selected for use in the report because it is composed of 80 per cent post-consumer fibre and 20 per cent totally chlorine-free pulp. 9Lives80 is a Forest Stewardship Council mixed-source certified paper, identifying that all virgin pulp used in manufacture is derived from well-managed forests and manufactured by ISO 14001 certified mills.

   (b)   The paper is manufactured in Italy.

   (c)   (i) There were two Australian-made options, which were assessed by the printer as being of lower quality.

   (c)   (ii) and (iii) The carbon miles used to bring the paper to Australia have not been calculated or offset.

   (d)   The total cost of using the paper in the report was $18 873.

(12)   The logo was designed, developed and paid for by States and Territories before the Commonwealth formally joined the Review.

(13)   The Commonwealth has not been involved in any expenditure or staffing support for the maintenance of the Garnaut Review website.