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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 233

Senator Hutchins asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, upon notice, on 21 January 2005:

Can the Minister provide:

(a)   the directives, guidelines or other instructions issued by the department for the procurement of transport services to the department;

(b)   the date on which such contracts were agreed;

(c)   the entity which the Commonwealth has contracted with; and

(d)   the total costs of these contracts for the 2003-04 financial year.

Senator Minchin (Minister for Finance and Administration) —The Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(a)   In regard to transport services, the department has issued no specific directives, guidelines or instructions, other than those prescribed by the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines that apply to all procurement activities.

(b)   The Department currently holds no ongoing or long term contracts for transport services.

(c)   Nil response.

(d)   Nil response.