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Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Page: 1205


Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, upon notice, on 26 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 Chris Evans (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   The number of Commonwealth credit cards issued to departmental and agency staff within the Minister’s portfolio as at 30 November 2008 is 4789.

(2)   The number of Commonwealth credit cards issued to all departmental and agency staff in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (including the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal) is as per (1) above.

(3)  

(a)   No Commonwealth credit cards have been issued to Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 (MoPS) staff.

(b)   No Commonwealth credit cards have been issued to the Minister.

(c)   One card was issued to the Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, Laurie Ferguson MP. This card is restricted to taxi fares.

(4)   The Parliamentary Secretary’s Commonwealth credit card was issued on 21 August 2008.