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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 168

Mr Bowen asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, in writing, on 17 August 2005:

(1)   How many scoping studies has the Minister’s department conducted into the proposed privitisation of Medibank Private.

(2)   When was each study undertaken.

(3)   Was any study conducted by an external consultant; if so, (a) who, (b) what recruitment or tendering process did the department undertake to obtain the consultant’s services, and (c) what sum was the consultant paid to complete the study.

Mr Abbott (Minister for Health and Ageing) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   None. The scoping study into the proposed privitisation of Medibank Private was conducted by the Department of Finance and Administration.

(2)   Not applicable.

(3)   Not applicable.