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Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Page: 3382


Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General and the Minister for Home Affairs, upon notice, on 14 September 2009:

With reference to resources provided to the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary by their home department that are above and beyond their entitlements as senators and members:

(1)   For the 2008-09 financial year: (a) can a list be provided of each brand and model of colour printer that was provided for the office of the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary; and (b) what was the total cost of: (i) printer cartridges and/or toner, and (ii) servicing these printers.

(2)   For the 2008-09 financial year, what was the total value of photocopy paper received in the office of the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary.

(3)   For the 2008-09 financial year, what was the value of other office consumables received in the office of the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary.

(4)   For the 2008-09 financial year, can a list be provided of all departmental publications, excluding ordinary or mail-merged letters, which contained the name and/or photograph of the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary, including: (a) the cost of producing each of these publications; and (b) how many copies were distributed and to what category of persons they were distributed to.

(5)   Does the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary have a departmentally-funded and maintained website/webpage; if so: (a) what was the cost of developing the website of the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary; (b) was the site refreshed during the 2008-09 financial year and if so, what was the cost for refreshing the site; and (c) what resources does the department provided to maintain, update and upload the content for the site.

(6)   Does the department distribute the media releases for the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary; if so: (a) how and to whom; and (b) for the 2008-09 financial year, what was the cost for this distribution.


Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water) —The Attorney-General and the Minister for Home Affairs have provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

I have been advised by the Attorney-General’s Department of the following responses in relation to the question from Senator Ronaldson:

(1)  

(a)   The offices of the Attorney-General were provided with a two (2) Konica Minolta C451 colour multifunction devices (MFD’s), one (1) Lexmark C532 DN colour printer and one (1) Konica Minolta MagiColor 2500w colour printer. The offices of the Minister for Home Affairs were provided with one (1) Konica Minolta C451 colour MFD and one (1) Lexmark C532 DN colour printer.

(b)   The total cost of printer cartridges/toner and servicing/maintenance of each Konica Minolta C451 is built in to the per copy charge of $0.09c per page:

(i)   The total cost of colour printing (total colour print charges which include maintenance, support and cartridges/toner for the offices of the Attorney-General) was approximately $11,860.35 (GST Inclusive).

(ii)   The total cost of colour printing (total colour print charges which include maintenance, support and cartridges/toner for the offices of the Minister for Home Affairs) was approximately $11,384.49 (GST Inclusive).

(2)   The total cost of photocopy paper received into the offices of the Attorney-General for the financial year 2008-09 was approximately $4,846.04 (GST inclusive). The total cost of photocopy paper received into the offices of the Minister for Home Affairs for the financial year 2008-09 was approximately $2,665.84 (GST inclusive).

(3)   The total cost of other office consumables received into the offices of the Attorney-General for the financial year 2008-09 was approximately $11,824.51 (GST inclusive). The total cost of other office consumables received into the offices of the Minister for Home Affairs for the financial year 2008-09 was approximately $13,356.41.

(4)   For the 2008-09 financial year, the following departmental publications, excluding ordinary or mail-merged letters, contained the name and/or photograph of the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary: Attorney-General’s Department Annual Report

(a)   The cost of producing this publication was $70,288 (includes design, production, editing, photography, printing and preparation for web publishing).

(b)   1000 copies were printed. 855 copies were distributed to Tabling Offices in Parliament, the library deposit scheme, internally within the Department, other departments and agencies and to members of the public on request. The report was also published to the Departmental website. Australian Safer Communities Awards 2008

(a)   The cost of producing this publication was $5,000.

(b)   1000 copies were printed and distributed to the Award recipients, volunteer organisations, emergency services organisations and local governments. The report was also published on the Departmental website.

(5)   The Attorney-General and the Minister for Home Affairs both have a departmentally funded and maintained website.

(a)   The cost of developing the website for the Attorney-General was approximately $2,100. The cost of developing the website for the Minister for Home Affairs was approximately $2,100.

(b)   The cost during the 2008-09 financial year of refreshing/redeveloping the site for the Attorney-General was approximately $9,200. The cost during the 2008-09 financial year of refreshing/redeveloping the site for the Minister for Home Affairs was approximately $2,300.

(c)   The Web Services Section of the Attorney-General’s Department is responsible for the maintenance, updating and uploading of content on the websites of both the Attorney-General and the Minister for Home Affairs. The Department does not allocate specific resources to either site.

(6)   The Attorney-General’s Department distributes media releases for the Attorney-General and the Minister for Home Affairs.

(a)   The Attorney-General’s Department operates a list-server whereby people can subscribe via the Attorney-General’s web-site or the Minister for Home Affairs’ web-site to receive media releases, speeches or similar information by email.

(b)   The cost of distributing the emails cannot be separately identified, but would be minimal.