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Tuesday, 17 August 1993
Page: 109

(Question No. 166)

Senator Calvert asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 18 May 1993:

  (1) For each department or agency, what was the name and total cost, including staff time, printing, distribution, et cetera, of annual reports produced for the financial years: (a) 1990-91; (b) 1991-92; and (c) 1992-93.

  (2) When were the annual reports listed in (1) tabled in the Parliament.

Senator Bolkus —I am advised that the answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) The Department's annual reports are called (a) Review `91; (b) Review `92; and (c) Review `93.

  The information sought on the cost of staff time spent in producing the Department's annual reports cannot be separately identified as statistics are not kept on the time spent on specific projects.

  The bulk of annual reports were delivered to Parliament House and within the Department. The cost of distribution cannot be separately identified within the Department's administrative costs.

  The layout and printing costs were $51,308.25 for Review `91 and $52,291.64 for Review `92. The Department's 1992-93 annual report is not completed and costings, therefore, are not yet available.

  (2) Tabling dates for annual reports are listed in the Report on the Annual Reports Tabled issued by the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration.