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Monday, 13 October 2008
Page: 5867

Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 25 August 2008:

(1)   How many departmental officers are working in the office of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary.

(2)   How many of these staff are Departmental Liaison Officers.

(3)   How many departmental officers, on secondment from the department, are in the office of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary in personal staff positions.

Senator Faulkner (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   As at 27 August 2008, there were seven departmental officers seconded to the offices of the Minister for Defence, the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement and the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support.

(2)   Five were Departmental Liaison Officers and two were military escort officers.

(3)   None.