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Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Page: 3394

Senator Cormann asked the Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, upon notice, on 8 February 2010:

(1)   On how many occasions has the current and/or former Minister and associated parliamentary secretaries in the current parliament, and any departmental officials: (a) met directly with representatives of Hawker Britton; and/or (b) attended meetings that were also attended by representatives of Hawker Britton.

(2)   For each abovementioned meeting:

(a)   what was the date;

(b)   what was the topic of discussion; and

(c)   which Hawker Britton representatives were present.

Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

Responding to this question would require departmental officials to review calendar and diary entries since December 2007 for meetings that may have involved or been attended by Hawker Britton. This would require the manual examination of a large number of diary and meeting records, which is an unreasonable diversion of government resources. 

Conducting the same searches across the diary records of current ministers and parliamentary secretaries in this portfolio would be an unreasonable diversion of resources for similar reasons. The records of former ministers and parliamentary secretaries are considered personal information in many circumstances and no access to those records will be sought.