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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 232


Senator Hutchins asked the Minister representing the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, upon notice, on 21 January 2005:

Can the Minister provide: (a) the directives, guidelines or other instructions issued by the Prime Minister and Cabinet for the procurement of transport services by the Commonwealth to either the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet or to other Commonwealth departments or agencies; (b) the date on which such contracts were agreed; (c) the entity which the Commonwealth has contracted with; and (d) the total costs of these contracts for the 2003-04 financial year.


Senator Abetz (Special Minister of State) —The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(a) The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has not issued directions, guidelines or other instructions for the procurement of transport services to other Commonwealth departments or agencies.

(b), (c), (d). The department does not have any contracts in place for freight, document delivery, courier services or logistics arrangements for relocations. Separate procurement activities take place on a case by case basis or are performed by internal resources.