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Estimates Report - Senate Finance and Public Administration

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Estimates Report - Senate Finance and Public Administration

    Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

    ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

    Finance and Administration Portfolio

    Department of Finance and Administration

    Budget Estimates 2002-2003 29 & 30 May 2002

Question: F52

    Outcome 2, Output 2.3.1

    Topic: R G Casey Building

    Hansard Page: 364

Senator Conroy asked:

If a suitable tenant cannot be found who picks up the bill for the spare space? If a

    suitable tenant cannot be found is there a clause that requires DFAT, the

    Commonwealth government or DOFA to pick up the tab for the vacant space?

Answer:

    a) Responsibility rests with the owner.

    b) No.

    Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

    ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

    Finance and Administration Portfolio

    Department of Finance and Administration

    Budget Estimates 2002-2003 29 & 30 May 2002

Question: F53

    Outcome 2, Output 2.1

    Topic: Employment National

    Hansard Page: F&PA 370

Senator Conroy asked:

The Minister‘s press release dated 14 May and headed ‗Employment National‘ makes

    reference to a Ferrier Hodgson report. Is the Ferrier Hodgson report available to the

    Committee?

Answer:

No. The Ferrier Hodgson report will not be made available to the Committee as it

    contains commercially confidential information on EN's operations and strategy that if

    released publicly may be prejudicial to the sale process.

    Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

    ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

    Finance and Administration Portfolio

    Department of Finance and Administration

    Budget Estimates 2002-2003 29 & 30 May 2002

Question: F54

    Outcome 2, Output 2.1

    Topic: Employment National

    Hansard Page: F&PA 370

Senator Conroy asked:

What was the total value of capital and assets provided by the Government to

    Employment National when it commenced operating?

Answer:

Employment National was provided with $47.6m in capital as start-up funding in

    1997-98. A further capital injection of $10.5m was provided in 1998-99, representing

    accrued leave entitlements for former APS employees. In 1998-99, EN paid $5.4m to

    the former Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs for

    assets transferred to EN at the company‘s commencement. This represents a net

    value, in historical cost terms, of $52.7m.

    Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

    ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

    Finance and Administration Portfolio

    Department of Finance and Administration

    Budget Estimates 2002-2003 29 & 30 May 2002

Question: F55

    Outcome 2, Output 2.1

    Topic: Employment National

    Hansard Page: F&PA 371

Senator Conroy asked:

Apart from the price paid by the Government for purchases of services from

    Employment National, what additional capital and subsidies have been provided by

    the Government in each of the financial years that Employment National has been

    operating? As I have said, I am happy for these questions to be taken on notice.

Answer:

     1997/1998 1998/1999 1999/2000 2000/2001 2001/2002

    nil $10.5m nil nil $27.0m Additional Capital and

    operating subsidies

    provided by the

    Government to EN

    Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

    ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

    Finance and Administration Portfolio

    Department of Finance and Administration

    Budget Estimates 2002-2003 29 & 30 May 2002

Question: F56

    Outcome 2, Output 2.1

    Topic: Employment National

    Hansard Page: F&PA 371

Senator Conroy asked:

What was the operating profit or loss before abnormal items and income in each year

    since Employment National was established?

Answer:

     1997/1998 1998/1999 1999/2000 2000/2001

    $5.2m $82.2m $45.9m * Operating profit

    before abnormal

    items

    *In 2000-01, Employment National adopted the presentation and disclosure

    requirements of AASB1018 ‗Statement of Financial Performance‘. As a result, ―Abnormal Items‖ are not reported separately but are included ―above the line‖ in

    normal expenditure.

    Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

    ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

    Finance and Administration Portfolio

    Department of Finance and Administration

    Budget Estimates 2002-2003 29 & 30 May 2002

Question: F57

    Outcome 2, Output 2.1

    Topic: Employment National

    Hansard Page: F&PA 372

Senator Conroy asked:

What is the annual cost of leases of buildings and equipment that will extend beyond

    the expiry dates of Employment National‘s current employment services contracts?

Answer:

    EN‘s employment services contracts expire on 30 June 2003. Estimates provided by EN on 30 May 2002 indicate that property liability (including make-good) from

    July 2003 is expected to be up to $2.6m and the total liability for equipment leases

    from July 2003 is approximately $0.1m. We do not expect there will be any ongoing

    annual property or equipment lease liabilities beyond those noted here.

    Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

    ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

    Finance and Administration Portfolio

    Department of Finance and Administration

    Budget Estimates 2002-2003 29 & 30 May 2002

Question: F58

    Outcome 2, Output 2.1

    Topic: Employment National

    Hansard Page: F&PA 372

Senator Conroy asked:

Would you be able to identify those again? I am happy for you to take that on notice.

    You can just give us a list of the ones (EN business lines) you think are going

    concerns?

Answer:

    As indicated at the Committee hearings of 30 May 2002, we consider that

    Employment National‘s Intensive Assistance, New Apprenticeship and Project

    Harvest businesses present reasonable sale prospects. EN also operates a commercial

    recruitment business division, OzJobs, which may be an attractive sale candidate.

    There are, however, no limitations on what parts of the company may be sold.

    Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

    ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

    Finance and Administration Portfolio

    Department of Finance and Administration

    Budget Estimates 2002-2003 29 & 30 May 2002

Question: F59

    Outcome 3, Output 3.1

    Topic: Printing Entitlement

    Hansard Page: F&PA 378

Senator Ray asked:

Minister, can you assure us it was not your office that put that information (printing

    entitlement expenditure) out to the media on Mr Horne?

Answer:

Yes

    Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

    ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

    Finance and Administration Portfolio

    Department of Finance and Administration

    Budget Estimates 2002-2003 29 & 30 May 2002

Question: F60

    Outcome 3, Output 3.1

    Topic: Printing Entitlement

    Hansard Page: F&PA 378

Senator Ray asked:

Was that information (printing entitlement expenditure by a member of the House of

    Representatives) transmitted anywhere outside your department?

Answer:

Yes.

    Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

    ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

    Finance and Administration Portfolio

    Department of Finance and Administration

    Budget Estimates 2002-2003 29 & 30 May 2002

Question: F61

    Outcome 3, Output 3.1

    Topic: Printing Expenditure

    Hansard Page: F&PA 378

Senator Faulkner asked:

Were any requests made of the Department at the time of tabling of the Auditor-

    General‘s report for information (printing entitlement expenditure) about individual

    members or senators?

Answer:

Yes.

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