Senate debates

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Questions on Notice

Defence: Electorate Data Spending (Question Nos 2405, 2434 and 2438)

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

asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, the Minister representing the Minister for Defence Personnel and Science and Minister representing the Minister for Defence Materiel, 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 Bob CarrBob Carr (NSW, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | | Hansard source

The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Defence provides a breakdown of spending by electorate via the 'Fast Facts' booklet which is produced yearly. This is publicly available to all Ministers for Parliament, Senators and members of the public.

To provide a more comprehensive response would be too resource intensive and an unreasonable amount of departmental resources would be required to develop a response.