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Thursday, 18 June 2009
Page: 3775


Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister for Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 24 November 2008:

(1)   Can details be provided, as of 24 November 2008, of the total number of all staff in:

(a)   the Minister’s office whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy; and

(b)   the department whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy.

(2)   Can details be provided of the aggregate salary and superannuation costs during the 2008 calendar year for all staff in:

(a)   the Minister’s office whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy; and

(b)   the department whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy.

(3)   Can details be provided of the aggregate travel costs during the 2008 calendar year for all staff in:

(a)   the Minister’s office whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy; and

(b)   the department whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy.

(4)   Can details be provided of the aggregate mobile phone costs during the 2008 calendar year for all staff in:

(a)   the Minister’s office whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy; and

(b)   the department whose job description involves: (i) media relations,(ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy.

(5)   Can a breakdown be provided of every review, inquiry and committee which is being conducted in the department that has been announced since 1 December 2007.

(6) (a)   How many of the department’s reviews, inquiries and committees are in progress or incomplete as of 24 November 2008; and (b) what are their reporting dates.

(7)   In regard to each of the department’s review, inquiry and committee (completed and incomplete as of 24 November 2008) that has or is being conducted during the 2008 calendar year:

(a)   what is the number of departmental staff allocated to each;

(b)   what is the aggregate number of departmental staff allocated to all;

(c)   were external consultants engaged to assist in any; if so, which consultants and how much has each consultancy cost (please itemise for each); and

(d)   what have been the travel costs associated with those staff involved in each (please itemise for each).

(8)   For the 2008 calendar year, what is the total cost of each departmental review, inquiry and committee, including staff wages, consultancy costs, travel and any other associated expenditure (please itemise for each).


Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

Climate Change

(1) (a)   One media adviser, covering both climate change and water issues. (B) 8.5 FTE within the Department of Climate Change (DCC).

(2)   Aggregate salary and superannuation as of 24 November 2008. Only salary range and the allowance is provided for the staff member in the Minister’s office so as not to identify personal information for the individual employee. Depending on their individual circumstances, employees under the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Collective Agreement 2006-2009 may be eligible to be a member of the CSS, PSS or PSSap or may have an employer superannuation contribution of 15.4 per cent paid to an eligible superannuation fund of their choice. Individual details are not supplied due to privacy reasons.

(a)   Period - from 17 March 2008 onwards; Salary range - $74,516 to $109,967; Allowance - $17,874 Parliamentary Staff Allowance.

(b)   Aggregate salary and superannuation for staff in DCC: $841,241

(3)   Aggregate travel costs during the 2008 calendar year.

(a)   $35,961.

(b)   Travel costs for DCC staff: $60,045.

(4) (a)   and (b) The precise detail requested in the question is not readily available and I am not prepared to authorise the commitment of resources required to provide a detailed response.

(5)   to (8) Nil.

Water

(1) (a)   Refer to Climate Change response. (b) Six staff engaged in media/communications in the Water Group of the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA).

(2) (a)   Refer to Climate Change response. (b) Aggregate salary and superannuation for DEWHA (Water Group) staff: $496,149.95.

(3) (a)   Refer to Climate Change response. (b) Travel costs for DEWHA (Water Group) staff: $5,364.29.

(4) (a)   The precise detail requested is not readily available and I am not prepared to authorise the commitment of resources required to provide a detailed response. (b) DEWHA (Water Group): $67.84 (excluding GST).

(5)   to (8) Nil.