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Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Page: 5618


Mr McMULLAN (Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance) (10:13 AM) —Just to put it in context, of course the shadow minister would know that in the budget there is actually $101 million over the next six years, $73 million over the next four years, to enhance the passport system. That is a budget measure explicitly announced and funded and that reflects some of the increased staffing that I mentioned in response to the previous question. But beyond that the change in funding with regard to passports is exactly the same as regards to consular: it is simply the standard formula that is applied with regard to the impact of foreign exchange movements and any small impact from the efficiency dividend.