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Tuesday, 1 February 1994
Page: 149

(Question No. 821)


Senator Calvert asked the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 24 November 1993:

  (1) What type of executive timber furniture was purchased for the Financial Management Section, Brisbane.

  (2) What was the cost of this furniture.

  (3) What type of timber is used to make this furniture.

  (4) Where was this furniture made.

  (5) Where will this furniture be used.

  (6) What position is held by the employee using this furniture.

  (7) Where will the Orford glass door refrigerator be used.

  (8) What is the size of this refrigerator.

  (9) What was the cost of this refrigerator.

  (10) Where was this refrigerator made; if not in Australia, is there an Australian equivalent.

  (11) If there is an Australian equivalent, why was this not purchased.


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

  (1) Furniture was purchased in accordance with the tendering processes by the Financial Management Services Section in its capacity as buying agent for the Queensland Branch Office. The furniture purchased was for the Deputy Commissioner, State Program Managers, Director Veterans' Advice Network and the State Manager Defence Service Homes. It comprised desks, chairs, credenzas, bookcases, and meeting tables.

  (2) The cost of the furniture, in respect to the Deputy Commissioner's Office and Boardroom was $18,884.00. The cost of furniture for the five State Managers was $5,930.40 each or $29,652.00 in total.

  (3) The timber used in the Deputy Commissioners' furniture is Jarrah veneer on Craftwood. The State Managers have European Oak veneer on chipboard.

  (4) The Deputy Commissioner's furniture was made in Australia by Schiavello Commercial Interiors. The State Managers' Furniture was made in Australia by Anstey Office Furniture Pty Ltd.

  (5) The furniture will be used in the Deputy Commissioners' Office, Boardroom, Ante Room and Waiting area. The remaining furniture will be used in the offices of the State Managers.

  (6) The furniture purchased was for the Deputy Commissioner, State Program Managers, Director Veterans' Advice Network and the State Manager Defence Service Homes.

  (7) There are 2 Orford glass door refrigerators which will be used in the staff amenities area. They will be used for both staff and ex-service organisation functions.

  (8) The size of the refrigerators is 852 litres each.

  (9) The cost of the refrigerators is $1,753.00 each.

  (10) The refrigerators are manufactured in Toowoomba, Queensland

  (11) Not applicable.