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Monday, 28 August 2000
Page: 16797

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 26 June 2000:

(1) What was the level of funding provided through programs and/or grants administered by the department to provide assistance to people living in the federal electorate of Gippsland in the 1999-2000 financial year.

(2) What level of funding provided through these programs and/or grants has been appropriated for the 2000-2001 financial year.

Senator Newman (Minster for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Defence Community Organisation provided grants to organisations in the Gippsland electorate of $34,193.00 in 1999-2000.

(2) The 2000-2001 Appropriations include provision of $1.250 million for the Defence Family Support Program Australia wide. A submission for 2000-2001 grants has been approved by the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence. This includes grants totalling $21,400.00 for organisations in the Gippsland electorate.