2020 bills roll in.

Thumper 29 May 2008 7

The Herald Sun is reorting that the PMs department has been billed more than $170,000 for costs relating to the Australia 2020 summit, a committee has been told.

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) has invoiced the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for $171,061.25.

Of that, $88,230.25 was for security, cleaning and general running costs for using Parliament House as the venue for the two-day talkfest in April.

Broadcasting the event on the parliamentary in-house network cost $82,831.

I think $170K is surprisingly little given the attandance and general hoo haa around the event.


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I-filed I-filed 11:08 pm 29 May 08

Yes but how much did the public servants’ time cost the taxpayer? Very senior public servants spent weeks paid time on the organising – and the “””volunteers””” were largely on paid time. There was a LOT going on in the departments. Easily would total half a million in wages, and possibly a lot more. And were the airfares counted beforehand? Senior public servants flew all around the country staying in hotels and raking through the lists of applicants, with the chairs. That cost they’ve mentioned probably only applied to the exact two days of the summit. And a lot of the Indig participants must have had their airfares etc paid for. Did all the participants who are also public servants pay their own air fares? I doubt it, although we were told all the participants paid their own way.

bd84 bd84 9:00 pm 29 May 08

Makes you wonder how much of a discount was given. Waste of time and money either way.

AG Canberra AG Canberra 1:42 pm 29 May 08

The media liaison bill was $60 000 – awarded to mates of ministerial staffers.

But yes – whan everyone gets there, stays and goes home at their own expense and all of the staff donated their time it becomes a very cheap event.

sepi sepi 11:52 am 29 May 08

john howard wanted to spend this much extending his dining room!

ant ant 11:39 am 29 May 08

Well, the delegates had to make their own way here, and pay for their food and accommodation, from memory. They were begging for ELs and SES to be scribes as volunteers (no nicker) and evidently got enough.

Thumper Thumper 11:33 am 29 May 08

Indeed, that’s why I said it is surprisingly little.

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 11:28 am 29 May 08

Thumper

As a long time Commonwealth PS as you are, surely you would acknowledge that $170k is a tiny drop in the ocean.

Or less than a day salary for the head of Macquarie Bank.

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