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Thursday, 9 December 1993
Page: 4372

(Question No. 582)

Senator Knowles asked the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 8 September 1993:

  (1) Has the Minister's attention been drawn to an advertisement in the West Australian of 26 June 1993 for a consultancy under the Western Australian Business Liaison Program.

  (2) Will the successful applicant occupy an existing position; if so: (a) why is the position vacant; and (b) was the vacancy arranged to provide employment for the former Member for Stirling (Mr Ron Edwards); if not: (a) why was it created; (b) what remuneration will the successful applicant receive; (c) will the successful applicant be required to achieve minimum standards to maintain the position; (d) why was the position not established earlier; and (e) was the position created to provide employment for the former Member for Stirling (Mr Edwards).

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

  (1) Yes.

  (2) No.

  (a) See (2) above.

  (b) See (2) above.

  (a) As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's expanded Business Liaison program.

  (b) The level of remuneration is still to be determined. The successful applicant will be selected on the basis of an open, competitive bidding process.

  (c) Yes.

  (d) The establishment of the position reflects a new initiative by the Department through its regional offices to build stronger links with the business community in the development and implementation of its policies and programs.

  (e) No.