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Wednesday, 4 May 1994
Page: 267

(Question No. 1232)

Senator Calvert asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 16 March 1994:

  (1) What type of furniture was resprayed at a cost of $4,533.80 and $6,946 in February 1994 at the Corporate Services Branch, Sydney, Australian Taxation Office.

  (2) Was this the total cost of having the furniture resprayed; if not, what was the total cost.

  (3) Why was the furniture resprayed.

  (4) Who uses the furniture that was resprayed.

  (5) Where is this furniture situated.

Senator Cook —The Assistant Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) Security Cabinets of varying sizes.

  (2) These two amounts were the total cost of having the security cabinets resprayed. An additional amount of $8,297 was expended on respraying compactus units, pigeon hole units, and on temporary storage of this furniture, making a total cost of $19,776.80.

  (3) The cabinets and other units were a number of different colours in varying states of disrepair. To save the cost of purchasing new furniture, the cabinets etc. were repaired and resprayed. The total cost of $19,776.80 is approximately one third of the cost of purchasing new furniture.

  (4) The resprayed furniture is used by the staff of the Sydney Taxation Office.

  (5) These cabinets are located in the Centrepoint building, 100 Market Street, Sydney