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Monday, 23 November 2009
Page: 8659

Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, 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 Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Yes. The single site is .

(20   The website has been amended as part of routine maintenance to reflect the changes in Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries but this activity did not incur an additional cost.  

(3) (a)   Yes. As a general rule all press releases, speeches and transcripts made in their capacity as Minister/Parliamentary Secretaries are posted on the website. (b) The guidelines are at: .

(4)   No.