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Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Page: 162


Senator Barnett asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General and the Minister for Home Affairs, upon notice, on 2 July 2009:

(1)   With reference to ministerial staff and departmental liaison officers for each Minister and Parliamentary Secretary, since November 2007: (a) how many positions exist; (b) how many staff are employed; (c) how many vacancies exist; (d) what are the levels of these positions; and (e) what is the total cost of staff employed in these respective offices on an annual basis.

(2)   Can a breakdown be provided of how many laptops, mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) the department provides to the office of each Minister and Parliamentary Secretary.

(3)   Are any departmental officers on secondment to the office of the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary; if so: (a) how many; and (b) to whom.

(4) (a)   How much did the department spend on hospitality for the: (i) 2008 calendar year, and (ii) 2008-09 financial year; and (b) can details be provided of each hospitality event, including the: (i) date, (ii) location, (iii) purpose, and (iv) cost.

(5)   For the office of each Minister and Parliamentary Secretary: (a) what was the total amount spent on hospitality for the: (i) 2008 calendar year, and (ii) 2008-09 financial year; and (b) can details be provided of each hospitality event, including the: (i) date, (ii) location, (iii) purpose, and (iv) cost.

(6)   For the 2008-09 financial year, how much has the department spent on: (a) the hire of plants, either real or artificial; (b) the maintenance of these plants; (c) water coolers; and (d) television subscriptions.

(7)   How many government credit cards does the department currently have on issue.

(8) (a)   How many credit cards have been reported lost; and (b) in relation to the credit cards that have been reported lost: (i) how many have been cancelled, (ii) how many remain active, and (iii) what is the potential credit liability from the lost cards that remain active.


Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Attorney-General and the Minister for Home Affairs have provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) (a)   -(d) As at 2 July 2009,

Minister/Parliamentary Secretary

(a) Number of positions as at 2 July 2009*

(b) Number of Staff employed as at 2 July 2009*

(c) Number of vacancies as at 2 July 2009*

(d) Level of positions as at 2 July 2009*

The Hon Robert McClelland MP

Attorney-General

Ministerial Staff

9

9

0

Senior Adviser Chief of Staff (Cabinet) x 1

Senior Adviser 1 (Cabinet) x 1

Senior Media Adviser x 1

Adviser x 2

Assistant Adviser x 2

Executive Assistant/Office Manager x 1

Secretary/Administrative Assistant x 1

Departmental Staff

2

2

0

Principal Legal Officer (Executive Level 2) x 1

Senior Legal Officer (Executive Level 1) x 1

The Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for Home Affairs

Ministerial Staff

6

6

0

Senior Adviser Chief of Staff (Non Cabinet) x 1

Media Adviser x 1

Adviser x 1

Assistant Adviser x 1

Executive Assistant/Office Manager x 1

Secretary/Administrative Assistant x 1

Departmental Staff (including Portfolio Agency Staff)

3

4#

0

Principal Legal Officer (Executive Level 2) x 1#

Customs Level 5 Officer (Executive Level 2) x 1

Australian Federal Police Law Enforcement Liaison Officer (AFP) Superintendent x 1

# One additional Principal Legal Officer was engaged in a non-ongoing position in the Office of the Minister for Home Affairs for a period of nine weeks, during the transition period following the Ministerial change.

(e)   Information relating to the costs of Ministerial staff can be found in the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 Annual Report 2007-08 which was tabled 23 December 2008 and is available on the Department of Finance and Deregulation website at http://www.finance.gov.au. The 2008-09 budget for the Attorney-General’s Department Liaison Officers is $456, 904 (including employee costs, DLO allowance and supplier costs).1 The 2008-09 budget for the Customs Departmental Liaison officer is $166,416 (including employee costs, DLO allowance and supplier costs). The Australian Federal Police (AFP) Law Enforcement Liaison Officer (LELO) role is currently a Superintendent level. The published AFP Collective Agreement 2007/11 salary range for a Superintendent is $111,622 - $130,039 for 2009/10. The AFP LELO, consistent with public sector practice, is provided an allowance for the role which is currently $14,260.

(2)   The Attorney-General’s Department makes available one laptop, one BlackBerry device, and one mobile phone to each personal staff member in the Offices of the Attorney-General and Minister for Home Affairs (used items from Departmental stores are provided if available). AFP and Customs make available one laptop and one mobile phone to their staff in the Minister’s Office.

(3)   None.

(4)   I refer the honourable senator to the answer provided in response to questions 1801 and 1811.

(5)   I refer the honourable senator to the answer provided in response to questions 1801 and 1811.

(6) (a)   For the 2008-09 financial year, the Attorney-General’s Department spent $114,887.48 on the hire of plants, including real and artificial. (b) The figure provided at (6)(a) is inclusive of plant maintenance. (c) For the 2008-09 financial year, the Attorney-General’s Department spent $12,261.82 (including $1,422.00 Norfolk Island Government Goods and Services Tax inclusive, charged at 9%) on water coolers. This figure comprises of water, cooler rental and hire, and water delivery. (d) For the 2008-09 financial year, the Attorney-General’s Department spent $11,034.65 on television subscriptions.

(7)   As at 2 July 2009, there were 961 credit cards issued to staff in the Attorney-General’s Department.

(8) (a)   -(b) As at 2 July 2009, the Attorney-General’s Department had no active credit cards reported as lost. Over the last three years, 43 credit cards have been reported as lost or stolen. These cards were cancelled as soon as they were reported lost or stolen, in line with Departmental policy.

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1 The actual cost may vary depending on the staff occupying the position.