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Tuesday, 1 February 1994
Page: 109

(Question No. 758)

Mr Nugent asked the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 16 December 1993:

  Has any portion been spent of the sum of $2 445 000 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs strategic initiatives identified at page 83 of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's program performance statements for 1993-94; if so, (a) what portion has been spent, (b) for what purposes was it spent and (c) on whose authority was it spent.

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


  (a) Expenditure at 31 December 1993 totals $1 771 857.

  (b) The purposes of this expenditure were:

  as part of the MacArthur River Mine negotiations, purchase of Bauhinia Downs Station, to enable the Commonwealth to contribute to meeting the land and cultural needs of the Aboriginal people in the MacArthur River region. The amount includes the cost of land, stock, plant and equipment—$1 739 582

  costs relating to the Bauhinia Downs purchase, incurred by the Australian Property Group, Australian Valuation Office and the Attorney-General's Department—$29 625

  travel costs incurred by representatives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, whom I briefed in Canberra on the Government's Native Title legislation on 2 September 1993—$2 650

  (c) Expenditure relating to Bauhinia Downs Station has been authorised by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Finance and the Special Minister of State.

  I authorised expenditure for the briefing on the Native Title legislation.