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Thursday, 1 December 1983
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Question No. 57


Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 21 April 1983:

(1) What moneys have been expended since 1 January 1976 in the Minister's areas of responsibility and what moneys are being planned to be expended in the following areas:

(a) computer hardware and software; and

(b) repairs and servicing of computers.

(2) When was expenditure incurred in each of the above categories.

(3) Which items purchased above are now obsolete or will be so in the next five years.


Senator Button —The Minister for Communications has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question, based on advice from the Department of Communications and the bodies under the Minister's jurisdiction:

AUSSAT

(1) (a) 1981-82-1982-83 $135,249; (b) Nil

(2)-

Hardware and software

Repairs and servicing

Year

Actual Estimated* Actual Estimated*

1981-82 85,162 . . . . . . 1982-83 50,087 . . . . . .

* Organisation unable to provide information.

(3) The items purchased are not obsolete and will not be so in the next five years.

AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

(1) (a) 1975-76-1982-83 $2,847,826; (b) 1975-76-1982-83 $543,244.

(2)-

Hardware and software

Repairs and servicing

Year

Actual Estimated* Actual Estimated*

1975-76 149,228 . . 44,573 . . 1976-77 128,093 . . 47,207 . . 1977-78 163,053 . . 37,622 . . 1978-79 223,224 . . 35,100 . . 1979-80 428,627 . . 58,214 . . 1980-81 638,630 . . 66,295 . . 1981-82 465,965 . . 111,718 . . 1982-83 651, 006 . . 142,575 . .

* Organisation unable to provide information.

(3) All items purchased prior to 1980-81 are either now obsolete or expected to be so within five years. For the subsequent two financial years, approximately 50 per cent of 1981-82 purchases and approximately 25 per cent of 1982-83 purchases are expected to be obsolete within five years.

AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING TRIBUNAL

(1) (a) 1978-79-30.5.83 $123,100 1.6.83-1985-86 $60,000 (est); (b) 1978-79-30.5 .83 $2,000 1.6.83-1985-86 $6,600 (est).

(2)-

Hardware and software

Repairs and servicing

Actual

Estimated

Year

Hardware Software Hardware Software Actual Estimated

1978-79 3,000 . . . . . . . . . . 1979-80 3,000 . . . . . . . . . . 1980-81 12 ,000 63,500 . . . . 300 . . 1981-82 7,700 13,400 . . . . 800 . . 1.7.82-30.5.83 6,700 13,800 . . . . 900 . . 1.6.83-30.6.83 . . . . . . 5,000 . . 400 1983-84 . . . . 5,000 15,000 . . 1,800 1984-85 . . . . 5,000 15,000 . . 2,200 1985-86 . . . . . . 15,000 . . 2,200

(3) A Southwest Technical Products mini computer/ word processor purchased in 1980-81 for $10,000 will become obsolete within the next five years.

AUSTRALIAN POSTAL COMMISSION

(1) (a) 1.1.76-1982-83 $7,100,000 1983-84-1985-86 $5,200,000 (est); (b) 1.1.76- 1982-83 $1,300,000 1983-84-1985-86 $2,300,000 (est.)

(2)-

Hardware and software

Repairs and servicing

Year

Actual Estimated Actual Estimated

1.1.76-30.6.76 54,000 . . 2,000 . . 1976-77 120,000 . . 6,000 . . 1977-78 134, 000 . . 6,000 . . 1978-79 692,000 . . 6,000 . . 1979-80 862,000 . . 52,000 . . 1980-81 2,418,000 . . 194,000 . . 1981-82 1,243,000 . . 402,000 . . 1982-83 1 ,571,000 . . 632,000 . . 1983-84 . . 3,519,000 . . 698,000 1984-85 . . 1,194, 000 . . 774,000 1985-86 . . 500,000 . . 834,000

(3) None of the items purchased up to the present time is obsolete and there are no plans to replace any of the existing items of equipment over the next five years.

AUSTRALIAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

(1) (a) 1975-76-1982-83 $69,800,000 1983-84-1984-85 $74,300,000 (est); (b) 1975 -76-1982-83 $25,400,000 1983-84-1984-85 $16,200,000 (est).

(2)-

Hardware and software

Repairs and servicing

Year

Actual Estimated Actual Estimated

1975-76 1,300,000 . . 500,000 . . 1976-77 3,600,000 . . 1,100,000 . . 1977-78 5,000,000 . . 1,700,000 . . 1978-79 4,800,000 . . 1,700,000 . . 1979-80 8,100, 000 . . 2,800,000 . . 1980-81 8,900,000 . . 4,000,000 . . 1981-82 12,500,000 . . 5,700,000 . . 1982-83 25,600,000 . . 7,900,000 . . 1983-84 . . 33,300,000 . . 7,500,000 1984-85 . . 41,000,000 . . 8,700,000

(3) The items purchased are not absolete and will not be so in the next five years.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

(1) (a) 1978-1983 $461,128 1984 $290,000 (est); (b) 1978-1983 $23,000 1984 $39, 000 (est).

(2)-

Hardware and software

Repairs and servicing

Actual

Estimated

Year

Hardware Software Hardware Software Actual Estimated

1978 14,000 . . . . . . 2,500 . . 1979 14,000 . . . . . . 2,500 . . 1980 78, 586 1,200 . . . . 2,500 . . 1981 44,037 450 . . . . 4,000 . . 1982 117,135 620 . . . . 5,750 . . 1983 180,700 10,400 . . . . 5,750 . . 1984 . . . . 270,000 20,000 . . 39,000

(3) No items purchased have become obsolete to date. Some electromechanical devices e.g. printers, will become unserviceable because of wear within five years and will require replacing with new devices.

OVERSEAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

(1) (a) 1976-1982 $6,704,000 1983-1986 $15,693,000 (est); (b) 1976-1982 $955, 000 1983-1986 $1,699,000 (est).

(2)-

Hardware and software

Repairs and servicing

Year

Actual Estimated Actual Estimated*

1976 360,000 . . 70,000 . . 1977 520,000 . . 105,000 . . 1978 830,000 . . 130 ,000 . . 1979 920,000 . . 135,000 . . 1980 980,000 . . 135,000 . . 1981 1,270, 000 . . 164,000 . . 1982 1,824,000 . . 216,000 . . 1983 . . 3,393,000 . . 389, 000 1984 . . 3,700,000 . . 400,000 1985 . . 4,100,000 . . 440,000 1986 . . 4, 500,000 . . 470,000

(3) The only item purchased and now obsolete is a UNIVAC printer valued at $12, 000.

SPECIAL BROADCASTING SERVICE

(1) (a) 1980-81-1982-83 $268,000 1983-84-1985-86 $45,000 (est.), (b) 1980-81- 1982-83 $40,100 1983-84-1985-86 $63,000 (est.)

(2)-

Hardware and software

Repairs and servicing

Actual Estimated

Year

Hardware Software Hardware Software Actual Estimated

1980-81 112,000 58,000 . . . . 7,500 . . 1981-82 23,000 18,000 . . . . 14,600 . . 1982-83 26,000 31,000 . . . . 18,000 . . 1983-84 . . . . . . 15,000 . . 21 ,000 1984-85 . . . . . . 15,000 . . 21,000 1985-86 . . . . . . 15,000 . . 21, 000

(3) The items purchased and now obsolete will not be so in the next five years.