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Ron Mark Letter To Bradford On PR Film

Parliament Buildings,

30 June 1999

Hon Max Bradford
Minister of Defence
Level 18
Bowen House

Dear Minister

It has been bought to my attention that the Army has recently employed the public relations company to produce a special promotional video/film, the job value being in the region of $100,000. I am told that the work did not go out for public tender.

Please advise:

1. Has Defence given work to that was not offered by public tender?

2. Under whose authorisation was that work given?

3. What was the exact value of the work offered?

4. Is this normal procedure?

5. What criteria does Defence use to determine that one particular private company should be treated preferentially to others who provide the same service?

Could you also advise what other work has been given to by Defence Force Headquarters and the Ministry of Defence over the past twelve months.

Yours sincerely

Ron Mark
Senior Whip

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