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Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Page: 5640


Mr BOWEN (Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law and Minister for Human Services) (11:55 AM) —I do have some experience with and some views on this matter as a former mayor of a large Western Sydney council and a mayor of a city which had a population approaching 200,000 people and a very large immigrant and refugee population. I have the view that councils that are in that situation do need particular support but, sadly, the Department of Human Services does not supply money direct to councils, and therefore I have nothing further to add in relation to these particular appropriation discussions.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

A division having been called in the House of Representatives—

Sitting suspended from 11.56 am to 12.37 am

Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Portfolio

Proposed expenditure, $1,550,896,000