Senate debates

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Questions on Notice

Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research (Question No. 2401)

Photo of Eric AbetzEric Abetz (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations) Share this | | Hansard source

asked the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, upon notice, on 31 October 2012:

Since 1 July 2010, have any electorate-by-electorate dissections for actual or potential Government programs, initiatives or decisions been prepared by departments, agencies or authorities within the Minister's portfolio; if so, for each dissection: (a) what has been its purpose; (b) what resources have been used; (c) who requested it; (d) to whom has it been circulated; and (e) can a copy be provided.

Photo of Chris EvansChris Evans (WA, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

The answer to the honourable senator ' s question is as follows:

(a) To assist Portfolio Ministers with community engagement activity by providing Portfolio related information.

(b) Electorate related information is routinely provided to Portfolio Ministers and is part of regular business. As a result the specific resources allocated to this task cannot be disaggregated.

(c) Portfolio Minister(s).

(d) The requesting Portfolio Minister(s).

(e) To support Portfolio Ministers attend events and functions across Australia, the Department routinely provides briefs that set out Government expenditure in specific electorates. The information provided in these briefs includes information on Commonwealth government programs, investment and expenditure.

Consistent with longstanding practice, the Department provides a range of advice to relevant Ministers. Consideration of these briefs is a matter for the AustralianGovernment.

Information on grants by electorate is provided publically on the Department's website at: