The Australian people have the right to know how much money Malcolm Turnbull is willing to let Barnaby Joyce waste on his Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) relocation pork barrel.
For months the Government has been desperately trying to dodge the question as to what will be the true cost of the relocation.
During the Senate Inquiry into the Government Policy Order which is forcing the relocation of the APVMA to Barnaby Joyce’s own electorate it was revealed the digital strategy would cost many millions of dollars in addition to the $25.6 million already allocated. We were told the final figure would be known by the end of June.
Hansard extract – 11 April 2017
Ms Arthy: I cannot give you the cost now; in about two weeks, I probably could. As you can imagine, we are moving very fast on this. We have the executive director of the digital strategy in. He is currently scoping up what is needed to essentially build systems that will support remote working, and also support more efficient work flow within the agency so that we can get applications out faster than what we can at the moment. We are going to be presenting a detailed proposal, including costings, to the advisory committee at the end of this month—so in two weeks time––and we will get advice from them before we provide it to government in May for consideration. Then we will, hopefully, have all that sorted by the end of June, but that will then depend on the processes with government.
Senator GALLAGHER: Presumably it will be a multimillion project?
Ms Arthy: Yes, it is certainly multimillion.
Estimates Hansard extract – 25 May 2017
Senator CAROL BROWN: I apologise if you have already answered this. You talked about the digital strategy. When did you expect that to be completed?
Ms Janiec: We are still finalising our business case to for the digital strategy, but we expect that we will be in a position to have a formal document to present to the Deputy Prime Minister within the allocated time frame.
Senator CAROL BROWN: What is the allocated time frame?
Ms Janiec: By the end of June
Time is up for the Government to come clean on what the true cost of Barnaby Joyce’s APVMA pork barrel will be.