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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2284

Senator Baume asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   What capital expenditure is the Government presently committed to in establishing the Health Insurance Commission.

(2)   What is the estimate of the total cost of capital equipment in the establishment of the Health Insurance Commission.

(3)   Has capital equipment already been purchased subject to competitive tender.

(4)   When were such tenders called.

(   5 ) What was the response to such tenders.

Mr Hayden;The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   The Commission at this stage has made no firm commitments for capital expenditure, however plans are well advanced which will lead to estimated commitments and expenditure of $1,770,000 as outlined in Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1974-75 (page 23) and Table II (page 45) of the document Estimates of Receipts and Summary of Estimated Expenditure ( 1 974-75 Budget Paper No. 4).

(2)   Capital equipment to be purchased by the Commission will be limited to office furniture and normal office equipment. It is planned that the Commission be operational by 30 June 1975 and provisions for expenditure by that date are $870,000 for purchase of furniture and $900,000 for purchase of office equipment. As this latter expenditure is not, in Governmental accounting terms, classified as Capital Expenditure, the provision is made in Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 1974-75.

(3)   No purchases have been made to date.

(   4 ) See answer to ( 3 ) above.

(5)   See answer to (3) above.

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