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Tuesday, 10 September 1985
Page: 366

(Question Nos. 348-375)

Senator Chaney asked all Ministers, uponnotice, on 31 May 1985:

(1) What was the value of purchases of equipment and services for each statutory authority in the Minister's portfolio for (a) 1979-80; (b) 198-81; (c) 1981-82; (d) 1982-83; and (e) 1983-84.

(2) What percentage of the purchase for each statutory authority for the years referred in to (1) above was sourced from Australian industry.

(3) What was the value of the purchase for each statutory authority for the years referred to in (1) above by Australian Standard Industrial Classification code and the percentage sourced from Australian industry.

Senator Walsh —As indicated above, the honourable senator asked the identical question of all Ministers. With their concurrence, I provide the following answer on behalf of all Ministers:

(1), (2) and (3) The details sought by the honourable senator would require a substantial commitment of resources to collect and collate and, even so, it is problematical as to whether the information could be provided in the form requested by the honourable senator. Given its commitment to containing public expenditure and sensible use of resources, this Government is not prepared to authorise the substantial expenditure which would be required to provide an answer to the honourable senator's question.