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Tuesday, 21 December 1993
Page: 5559

(Question No. 814)

Senator Calvert asked the Minister for the Arts and Administrative Services, upon notice, on 23 November 1993:

  (1) Did the Australian Electoral Commission spend $12,636 on accommodation at Mount Lofty House, Crafers, South Australia.

  (2) What did this cost include.

  (3) How many people were accommodated for this cost.

  (4) How long were these people accommodated at this location.

  (5) What were the home bases of these people.

  (6) What was the purpose of accommodating these people at this location.

  (7) What other costs were incurred as a result of accommodating these people at this location.

Senator McMullan —I have been advised that the answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) and (2) A conference package was arranged with Mount Lofty House and the amount involved was $12,122.

  Services provided and costs thereof are as follows:


All meals—$4,576

Conference room and facilities, including morning and afternoon teas—$706.

  (3) 26.

  (4) 16/11/93 to 19/11/93.

  (5) Adelaide; Brisbane; Canberra; Darwin; Hobart; Melbourne; Perth; Sydney.

  (6) To bring together a range of Corporate Services Branch staff from Central Office and all State and Territory Head Offices and senior representatives of other Branches to review the delivery of financial, personnel, and property management services in the AEC.

  (7) Airfares ($8,359); buses to and from Adelaide airport ($450)

  The package arrangement which included accommodation and meals meant that no travelling allowances were paid (an offset saving of $9,254). Incidentals allowances ($1,792) were paid in accordance with APS entitlements.