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Notice given 16 August 2011

913  Senator Boyce: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—In regard to the following answers to questions taken on notice during the 2011-12 Budget estimates hearings of the Community Affairs Committee:

(1) Given that in the answer to question no. 348, the department said that no staffing numbers had been reduced as a result of the efficiency dividend, what has been cut as a result of the efficiency dividend.

(2) Given that in the answer to question no. 352, the hospitality spend was $707 848 but according to the department, providing a breakdown of that hospitality spend would use a considerable amount of its resources, therefore can a breakdown be provided of alcohol, food and beverages information for the two most expensive hospitality functions held from 1 July 2010 to 31 May 2011.

(3) Given that in the answer to question no. 382, the department paid interest of $425.25 on an overdue account, how much and what was this account for, and why was it paid late so as to incur the interest charge.

(4) Given that in the answer to question no. 403, that as a result of savings achieved through efficiencies in Commonwealth property management, the department has requested its departmental appropriation be reduced by $10 497, can details be provided of how these savings have been achieved.

 

 (5) Given that in the answer to question no. 361, for the financial year to date to 13 June 2011, the department had undertaken or is undertaking 183 consultancy contracts with a combined total value of $24.6 million (GST inclusive) :

(a) for each of the following financial years, 2008-09 and 2009-10, can an outline be provided of how many consultancy contracts were undertaken and for each contract its value; and

(b) for each of the following financial years, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11, how many staff were employed by the department.

914  Senator Boyce: To ask the Minister for Finance and Deregulation ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs on 29 August 2011) —With reference to the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs:

(1) Can details be provided of the total hospitality spend for the 2010-11 financial year for each Minister and Parliamentary Secretary office that falls under that department, including for each event:

(a) the date;

(b) the location;

(c) the purpose of the event;

(d) its cost; and

(e) in relation to any catering costs, an itemised list including the cost of food, beverages and alcohol.

(2) In regard to the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and the Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare and the Minister for the Status of Women:

(a) what was the cost of each Minister’s travel and expenses for the Community Cabinet meetings during the 2010-11 financial year;

(b) how many ministerial staff accompanied the Ministers and what was the total cost of their travel;

(c) how many department officers accompanied the Ministers and what was the total cost of their travel; and

(d) can the total cost of travel and expenses also be itemised as per the cost to that department and the cost to the Ministers’ offices.