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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21841


Ms O'Byrne asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 11 August 2003:

(1) What percentage of Defence funding is directly spent in Tasmania.

(2) What percentage of Defence funding is indirectly spent in Tasmania.


Mr Brough (Minister for Employment Services and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Defence does not routinely maintain information of this type. Defence's past and present information systems are not configured to readily provide data by geographical region. Consequently, extraction of this information relies on vendor or payee postcode information, and the validity of such data cannot, therefore, be guaranteed. Given the problematic nature of the data available, the following response should be interpreted as representing a best estimate of the information requested:

(1) Defence spent an amount in the order of $7.45 million directly in Tasmania for the financial year 2002-03. This equates to approximately 0.05% of Defence's total departmental funding (excluding Capital Use Charge). This expenditure includes facilities operations, grants, major capital equipment, operating leases, repair & overhaul and suppliers expenses.

(2) Defence paid an amount in the order of $14.71 million in salaries and allowances to Australian Defence Force and civilian personnel based in Tasmania for the 2002-03 financial year. This equates to 0.1% of Defence's total departmental funding (excluding Capital Use Charge).