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Monday, 24 November 2003
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Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, and the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing, upon notice, on 15 October 2003:

For each of the financial years 2001-02 and 2002-03 can the following details be provided in relation to paper and paper products:

(1) How much has been spent by the department on these products.

(2) From which countries of origin has the department sourced these products.

(3) From which companies has the department sourced these products.

(4) What was the percentage of the total of paper and paper products in value (in AUD) sourced by the department by country.

(5) What was the percentage of the total of paper and paper products in value (in AUD) sourced by the department by company.

(6) What steps has the department taken to ensure that paper and paper products sourced by the department from other countries comply with the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard.


Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) During 2001-02, the Department spent $416,184.89 (GST exclusive) on paper and paper products, and in 2002-03, the Department spent $498,923.87 (GST exclusive) on paper and paper products.

(2) During 2001-02, the Department sourced these products from Australia and the European Union, and in 2002-03, the Department sourced these products from Australia, Indonesia, and the European Union.

(3) During 2001-02, the companies that the Department sourced these products from were Fuji Xerox, National 1, Boise, Spicers Office Papers, SPS Supply, BHP, Paragon, Panther and CPP, and during 2002-03 the products were sourced from the following companies: BHP, CPP, Union Offset, Pirion, Fuji Xerox, Corporate Express, Boise, Spicers Office Papers, National 1, and SPS Supply.

(4) The percentage of the total of paper and paper products in value (in AUD) sourced by the Department by country in 2001-02 was:

- Australia $415,199.89 representing 99.76%

- European Union $985.00 representing 0.24%

The percentage of the total of paper and paper products in value (in AUD) sourced by the Department by country in 2002-03 was:

- European Union $2327.20 representing 0.46%

- Australia $494,839.42 representing 99.19%

- Indonesia $1757.25 representing 0.35%

(5) The percentage of the total of paper and paper products in value (in AUD) sourced by the Department by company, and percentage breakdown of paper and paper products for companies during 2001-02 was:

- BHP $11,964 representing 3%

- Paragon $7,810 representing 2%

- Panther $1,002.00 representing 0.20%

- CPP $3,152.00 representing 0.76%

- Fuji Xerox $357,115.66 representing 86%

- Boise $15,627.48 representing 4%

- Spicers Office Papers $5,608.02 representing 1%

- National 1 $3,387.97 representing 0.81%

- SPS Supply $10,517.76 representing 2.23%

The percentage of the total of paper and paper products in value (in AUD) sourced by the Department by company, and percentage breakdown of paper and paper products for companies during 2002-03 was:

- BHP $79,547.00 representing 15.94%

- CPP $2,456.00 representing 0.49%

- Union Offset $1155.00 representing 0.23%

- Pirion $1,001.00 representing 0.20%

- Fuji Xerox $362,058.53 representing 72.57%

- Corporate Express $23,176.63 representing 4.65%

- Boise $16,039.50 representing 3.21%

- Spicers Office Papers $4,749.05 representing 0.95%

- National 1 $5,319.56 representing 1.07%

- SPS Supply $3,421.60 representing 0.69%

(6) The Department has taken steps to ensure that paper and paper products sourced by the department from other countries comply with ISO 14001 environmental management system.

In keeping with ISO 140001, the Department's Environmental Policy commits the Department to operating in an ecologically sustainable manner. The Department endeavours to incorporate the National Packaging Covenant principles in its operations, and routinely takes opportunities to influence purchasing decisions by its outsourced providers by ensuring they comply with the Australian Government procurement policy to consider all relevant environmental policies, programs, costs and benefits when making purchasing decisions.

The Department is in the process of developing its Environmental Management System (EMS) and, through the preliminary environmental audits, has identified that it can have an impact on the consumption of paper and paper products. To date the Department has focused on purchasing paper sourced from recycled pulp and new pulp from sustainable managed plantations within Australia. However, the Department is currently engaged in discussions with outsourced providers (such as the cleaning contractor) to encourage them to routinely seek out paper products sourced from more sustainable processes.