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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 123

(Question No. 1187)

Senator Knowles asked the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Multicultural Affairs, upon notice, on 8 March 1994:

  (1) Who recommended that the Office of Multicultural Affairs give a $12,500 grant to ABC TV to improve non-English speaking background consumers' access to the `Investigators' program in the 1992-93 Budget.

  (2) How was the money spent.

  (3) Is the Office of Multicultural Affairs still providing grants to the program.

  (4) Have any other programs on television been given similar grants.

Senator Bolkus —l am advised that the answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) The ABC proposed to the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) that it provide funding towards the cost of a pilot project for `The Investigators' program because few people from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) took their complaints to `The Investigators', notwithstanding the problems they were known to experience as consumers.

  (2) OMA provided $30,000 to the ABC towards the cost of employing a project officer for the program from December 1991 until November 1992. At the end of 1992, the ABC converted the project officer's position to a staff position fully funded by the ABC and OMA contributed a further $5,000 to further develop nationwide networks and systems to improve NESB consumers' access to `The Investigators' program.

  (3) No.

  (4) No.