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Monday, 23 November 2009
Page: 8658


Senator Abetz asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 16 September 2009:

(1)   Does the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary have a departmentally maintained website or websites; if so, can a list of these websites be provided.

(2)   Can a list be provided of all redevelopments (including re-skins) of these websites since 24 November 2007, including: (a) the total cost for each redevelopment; (b) who undertook each redevelopment; and (c) whether the website, or draft versions thereof, were market-tested before going live; if so, by whom and what was the total cost of the market testing.

(3)   Does the department: (a) post all of the Minister’s and/or Parliamentary Secretary’s press releases, speeches and transcripts on these websites; and (b) have any guidelines for the posting of political material on these websites.

(4)   Has the department ever refused to post material on these websites due to their political nature; if so, on how many occasions.


Senator Faulkner (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   Yes - The Department of Defence hosts internet sites for the Minister for Defence, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, and Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support. http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/index.htm.

(2)   Yes one re-skin and one Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) upgrade to improve the accessibility of the site.

(a)   Costs for management, refresh and upkeep of these specific sites can not be apportioned as funds are allocated and expended against the entirety of the Defence presence on the World Wide Web.

(b)   All work is managed and conducted in-house by Defence staff and permanently contracted IT professionals.

(c)   No.

(3)  

(a)   Yes. Those provided by Ministers or Parliamentary Secretary for that purpose are posted on the respective web sites.

(b)   Defence publishes material to Ministerial sites in accordance with Web Publishing Guidelines for Ministerial and Departmental Websites issued by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO).

(4)   No.