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Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Page: 168


Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Minister for Housing and the Minister for the Status of Women, upon notice, on 21 July 2009:

For the department, each agency of the department and the offices of each Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, in the 2008-09 financial year, how much was spent on: (a) bottled water; (b) bulk water; (c) cooler rental; (d) cooler hire; and (e) water delivery.


Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Minister for Housing and the Minister for the Status of Women has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

Tables A and B below show a breakdown of drinking water expenditure for the 2008-09 financial years.

Table A - Expenditure related to the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

(a) bottled water*

$4,425.00

(b) bulk water

N/A

(c) cooler rental

$3,805.60

(d) cooler hire

N/A

(e) water delivery

$999.00

Table B - Expenditure related to the agencies of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs:

(a) bottled water*

$6,345.78

(b) bulk water

$1,240.00

(c) cooler rental

$2,714.98

(d) cooler hire

N/A

(e) water delivery

$44.00

The Tiwi Land Council spent $120.00 on filter changes for a FaHCSIA owned water cooler.

Table C - Expenditure related to the offices of the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP:

Minister Plibersek

(a) bottled water*

$489.16

(b) bulk water

N/A

(c) and (d) cooler rental/hire and service fee

$583.00

(e) water delivery

$156.42

* 15 litre bottles for water dispensers.