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Tuesday, 16 November 1993
Page: 2955

(Question No. 605)

Senator Calvert asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 21 September 1993:

  (1) Did the department pay $2,333.24 for cassettes of `Letting Go of Stress' #23 from a Californian company in July 1993.

  (2) What is the purpose of these cassettes.

  (3) How many cassettes did the department purchase.

  (4) If these cassettes were deemed necessary, why were they purchased in the United States and not from an Australian manufacturer.

  (5) Have they been used.

Senator Robert Ray —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) No. The actual cost was $229.07. A typographical error in the Gazette indicated an incorrect value.

  (2) To teach ideas and exercises in stress management to military personnel and help them overcome reactions to stress.

  (3) Twelve cassettes.

  (4) Yes, they were deemed necessary. Cassettes manufactured in Australia have been used in the past, but the cassettes manufactured in America are a more recent product and considered to be of better quality.

  (5) Yes.