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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 293

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 13 November 1979:

(1)   What was the cost of (a) window cleaning, (b) the temporary removal and installation of furniture, (c) the installation of dial operated phones and their subsequent replacement with touch phones and (d) the installation of special photocopying machines at the Commonwealth Offices in Geelong, Victoria, in preparation for a forty minute occupation by a single member of the Prime Minister's staff.

(2)   Why and by whom was it ordered that specially installed dial phones were to be replaced by touch phones.

(3)   Will these costs come out of normal cleaning and maintenance allocation for the Commonwealth Offices, Geelong.

Mr John McLeay (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) Temporary office facilities were made available in the Commonwealth Offices at Geelong and were used by three members of the Prime Minister's staff on the occasion of the Prime Minister's visit to the Geelong region on 21 September 1979.

Two touch telephones were temporarily installed. Installation cost for these two telephones was $ 1 60. There was no special installation of dial phones and their subsequent replacement with touch phones as stated in the question.

Charges for the photocopying facilities amounted to $194.80.

Telephone and photocopying charges will be met by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

No special charges were involved in window cleaning or temporary removal and installation of furniture. Rountine window cleaning under an existing contract was in progress.

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