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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Page: 7708


Senator Barnett asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 2 July 2009:

(1)   With reference to ministerial staff and departmental liaison officers for each Minister and Parliamentary Secretary, since November 2007: (a) how many positions exist; (b) how many staff are employed; (c) how many vacancies exist; (d) what are the levels of these positions; and (e) what is the total cost of staff employed in these respective offices on an annual basis.

(2)   Can a breakdown be provided of how many laptops, mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) the department provides to the office of each Minister and Parliamentary Secretary.

(3)   Are any departmental officers on secondment to the office of the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary; if so, (a) how many; and (b) to whom.

(4) (a)   how much did the department spend on hospitality for the: (i) 2008 calendar year, and (ii) 2008-09 financial year, and (b) can details be provided of each hospitality event, including the: (i)date, (ii) location, (iii) purpose, and (iv) cost.

(5)   For the office of each Minister and Parliamentary Secretary: (a) what was the total amount spent on hospitality for the: (i) 2008 calendar year, and (ii) 2008-09 financial year, and (b) can details be provided of each hospitality event, including the: (i)date, (ii) location, (iii) purpose, and (iv) cost.

(6)   For the 2008-09 financial year, how much has the department spent on: (a) the hire of plants, either real or artificial; (b) the maintenance of these plants; (c) water coolers; and (d) television subscriptions.

(7)   How many government credit cards for the department currently have on issue.

(8) (a)   How many credit cards have been reported lost; and (b) in relation to credit cards that have been reported lost: (i) how many have been cancelled, (ii) how many remain active, and (iii) what is the potential credit limit liability from the lost cards that remain active.


Senator Sherry (Assistant Treasurer) —The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   As at 2 July 2009 The Treasurer had:

(a)   3 Departmental Liaison positions and 17 Ministerial staff positions

(b)   3 Departmental Liaison staff and 14 Ministerial staff are employed

(c)   no Departmental Liaison position and 4 Ministerial staff vacancies exist Note: the figures for Parts (1)(b) and (c) do not necessarily add up to be the figure provided for Part (1)(a) as more than one individual can be employed against a particular position.

(d)   Levels of Departmental Liaison positions are; SES Band 1, EL2 and APS6. Levels of Ministerial positions are: Principal Adviser x 1, Senior Adviser 1 (Cabinet) x 3, Senior Media Adviser (Treasurer) x 1, Adviser x 4, Assistant Adviser x 4, Executive Assistant/Office Manager x 2, Secretary/Administrative Assistant x 2

(e)   Total Departmental Liaison staff costs are $487,900. Information relating to the costs of Ministerial staff can be found in the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 Annual Report 2007-08 which was tabled 23 December 2008 and is available on the Department of Finance and Deregulation website at http://www.finance.gov.au.

(2)   The Treasurer’s office has: 20 Laptops 5 Mobile Phones 17 Personal Digital Assistants (PDA’s)

(3)   There are:

(a)   4 Treasury staff are currently employed under the Members of Parliament Act

(b)   No Treasury employees are seconded to the Treasurer’s office.

(4)   Refer response to QoN 1788, 16th June 2009 asked by Senator Abetz.

(5)   Refer response to QoN 1788, 16th June 2009 asked by Senator Abetz.

(6)   The GST exclusive cost in 2008-09 is:

(a)   and (b) Plant hire and maintenance $54,972.98

(c)   Water coolers  $3,856.61

(d)   Television Subscriptions  $7,738.26

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(8) (a)   and (b) No credit cards have been reported lost.