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Ministerial correspondence

During the reporting period, the department processed approximately 18,614 items of correspondence, an average of more than 70 items per working day, some of which is reflected in Table 1. This is an increase from the previous financial year. Common topics and issues arising in ministerial correspondence included same-sex marriage, forced labour, the national firearms agreement, the National Independent Redress Scheme and human trafficking.

Table 3: Services to ministers and parliament 2015–16

Submissions to ministers Responses to ministerial correspondence Responses to questions on notice Briefs Speeches
1,296 4,479 90 310 90

Note: Approximate numbers of meeting briefs, question time briefs and parliamentary questions on notice (does not include updated briefs or briefs provided by portfolio agencies).

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