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Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Page: 1206


Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy, 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 Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) —The Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   A total of 156 credit cards have been issued to departmental staff within the portfolio who are attached to the small business, independent contractors and the service economy functions.

(2)   Not applicable.

(3)   None.

(4)   Not applicable.