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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 3 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1056..


Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

I am not prepared to authorise the use of the considerable resources that would be involved in providing the detailed information required to answer the Member's question.

Information regarding the Office for Women's use of consultants will be available in the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services 2007-08 annual report. There will also be a table listing all significant contractors and consultants by name.

All new Government contracts executed after 1 October 2007 with a value of $20,000 and over, and prior to that date with a value of $50,000 or greater are published on the public register and included on the ACT Government website at: http://www.contractsregister.act.gov.au.

Public service—advertising

(Question No 1966)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Women, upon notice, on 5 March 2008:

(1) In relation to promotion activities of the Minister's portfolio, what promotional activities, publications and advertising in any media have been undertaken by (a) the department/agency/administrative unit, (b) the Minister's Office or (c) any other office or agency on behalf of the department/agency/administrative unit or Minister's office in the 2007-08 financial year to date;

(2) What was the total amount spent on such activities as outlined in part (1) and was it costed to (a) the department/agency/administrative unit, (b) the Minister's office, (c) another Minister's office or (d) another agency/department/administrative unit;

(3) Can the Minister detail the promotional activities, publications and advertising undertaken by (a) the department/agency/administrative unit, (b) the Minister's Office, (c) another Minister's office or (d) another agency/department/administrative unit on behalf of the Minister or the department/agency/administrative unit;

(4) What were the promotional activities, publications and advertising meant to achieve, did they achieve their purposes and how was that measured;

(5) How much has been allocated both within the Minister's office and the department/agency/administrative unit for these activities in the 2007-08 financial year to date.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) After careful consideration of the questions, and advice provided by my Department,

I have determined that the information sought is not in an easily retrievable form, and that to collect and assemble the information sought solely for the purpose of answering the question would be a major task, requiring a considerable diversion of resources. In this instance, I do not believe that it would be appropriate to divert resources from the provision of direct services to clients, for the purposes of answering the Member's question.


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