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Wednesday, 11 November 2015
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Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate, Minister for Communications, Minister for the Arts and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Government) (15:43): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FIFIELD: The government has a strong commitment to recycling, waste minimisation and the transition to digital record keeping. The ICT Sustainability Plan 2010-2015 did not mandate the use of Australian-made recycled paper. It was a guidance document to Australian government departments and agencies only. The finance department's Commonwealth Procurement Rules ensure environmental sustainability is part of the consideration in achieving the cost-effective use of resources in procurement decisions. All Australian government agencies must minimise waste by complying with the Australian government's National Waste Policy—Less Waste, More Resources. The Department of the Environment only buys 100 per cent recycled copy paper, and Minister Hunt has written to all ministers to ask that, wherever possible, agencies use 100 per cent recycled paper.

Question agreed to.