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Monday, 30 November 2015
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Environment: Department Amalgamation Costs

(Question No. 1684)


Mr Conroy asked the Minister for the Environment, in writing, on 15 October 2015:

Will his department provide all costs associated with (a) amalgamating the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency with the Environment portfolio in September 2013, and (b) establishing a new Office of Climate Change and Renewables Innovation within his department in September 2015.


Mr Hunt: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) Responsibilities of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency were transferred to the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education and the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism by Administrative Arrangement Order on 25 March 2013.

(b) The establishment in September 2015 of the Office of Climate Change and Renewables Innovation is an internal departmental restructure and it is expected that no costs will be incurred as a result.