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Tuesday, 15 March 2005
Page: 153

Senator Hutchins asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 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 Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(a) Departmental staff adhere to Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines and Chief Executive Instructions when procuring transport services.

(b) 28 July 2004.

(c) Australia Post.

(d) $516,107.