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Thursday, 5 February 2009
Page: 527


Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 25 November 2008:

(1)   How many Commonwealth credit cards have been issued to departmental and agency staff within the Minister’s portfolio.

(2)   How many Commonwealth credit cards have been issued to departmental and agency staff that fall within the responsibility of the Minister’s associated Parliamentary Secretary or Secretaries.

(3)   Within the Minister’s portfolio, how many Commonwealth credit cards have been issued to: (a) staff employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984; (b) the Minister; and (c) the Minister’s associated Parliamentary Secretary or Secretaries.

(4)   For each Commonwealth credit card issued in (3) above, what was the date of its issue.


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:

(1)   There are currently 1,196 active Commonwealth credit cards issued to departmental and agency staff within the Minister’s portfolio.

(2)   There have been no active Commonwealth credit cards issued to departmental and agency staff that fall within the responsibility of the Minister’s associated Parliamentary Secretary or Secretaries.

(3)   Within the Minister’s portfolio, there are no active Commonwealth credit cards issued to: (a) staff employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984; (b) the Minister; and (c) the Minister’s associated Parliamentary Secretary or Secretaries.

(4)   Not Applicable