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Wednesday, 2 February 1994
Page: 294

(Question Nos 909 to 928)

Senator Alston asked all portfolio ministers, upon notice, on 21 December 1993:

  (1) In the past 5 years has the department, or any of its agencies, had any business or other dealings with direct marketing company R L Polk and Co.

  (2) What was the nature of each dealing or transaction and what was the value of each.

  (3) How was any work or contract awarded and who approved it.

  (4) In relation to any work contracted, did R L Polk and Co. tender the cheapest quote; if not, for what reason was it granted the contract.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer, on behalf of all portfolio ministers, to the honourable senator's question:

  (1)-(4) Information in respect of the matters referred to in the honourable senator's question is not readily available. To collect and assemble it would be a major task and I am not prepared to authorise the expenditure of money and effort involved in assembling such information.