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Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Page: 1205


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

(1)   As at 25 November 2008:

  • 34 credit cards have been issued to the staff of the Department of Climate Change. Four cards have been cancelled and 30 are active.
  • Seven credit cards have been issued to staff responsible for water functions at the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.
  • Two credit cards have been issued to staff of the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator.

(2)   No cards have been issued to department staff that fall within the responsibility of the Minister’s associated Parliamentary Secretary or Secretaries.

(3)   No cards have been issued to staff in the identified areas.

(4)   Not applicable.