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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 4960

Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 10 June 2009:

Can a list be provided of contracts awarded to: (a) the Boston Consulting Group; and (b) the Allen Consulting Group, by the department and/or any of its agencies, of any value, between 1 January 2008 and 31 May 2009, including the value and primary deliverable of the contract.

Senator Sherry (Assistant Treasurer) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

I am advised that the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (the department) has not entered into any contracts with the Boston Consulting Group between 1 January 2008 and 31 May 2009. The department engaged the Allen Consulting Group on two occasions between 1 January 2008 and 31 May 2009, details of which follow:

1.   Undertake a broad ranging review of Australia’s current biosecurity and quarantine arrangements Period of contract: 20 February to 30 September 2008 Value: $448 500.

Value: $448500.  

2.   Evaluate the current administration and effectiveness of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis Period of contract: 20 February to 18 April 2008 Value: $44 000.

Value: $44000.