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Tuesday, 10 September 1996
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(Question No. 399)


Mr Lee asked the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 17 June 1996:

(1) What sums were provided under the Export Market Development Grant Scheme (a) in 1992-93; (b) in 1993-94; (c) in 1994-95 and (d) between 1 July 1995 and 1 May 1996 to businesses operating in the electoral divisions of (i) Dobell;(ii) Robertson and (iii) Shortland.

(2) With respect to each grant referred to in part (1), what (a) sum was granted; (b) was the location of the recipient and (c) was the purpose for which the grant was made.


Mr Tim Fischer —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The confidentiality provisions of the Australian Trade Commission Act 1985 preclude the direct or indirect release of information concerning the affairs of individual grant recipients.

Due to the small number of grant recipients in the electoral divisions of Dobell, Robertson and Shortland, the supply of separate information for each division may breach these confidentiality provisions. Therefore, the answer has been supplied for the three divisions taken together.

The total sums provided under the Export Market Development Scheme in the financial years 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1994-95, and between 1 July 1995 and 1 May 1996, to the electoral divisions of Dobell, Robertson and Shortland were as follows:

(a) 1992-93(b) 1993-94(c) 1994-95(d) 1/7/1995 to1/5/1996
Dobell, Robertson and Shortland$410,189$924,712$1,045,759$908,197

(2) The confidentiality provisions of the Australian Trade Commission Act 1985 preclude the release of detailed information concerning grant recipients, such as the address of the person or the specific purpose for which the funds were used. Therefore, these specific details have not been supplied.

In all cases, however, the grants were provided as partial reimbursement of eligible export promotion expenditure incurred by grant recipients. This is consistent with the purpose of the EMDG scheme, which is to build an export culture in Australia, and to boost Australia's exports, through reimbursing part of the export promotion expenditure of eligible firms and similar organisations.