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Wednesday, 8 November 2000
Page: 19493


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 24 August 2000:

(1) What grants or other payments were made to employer organisations by the department or any of its agencies in the 1997-98 financial year.

(2) In each case: (a)what was the purpose of the grant or other payment; (b)what was the actual value of the grant or other payment; and (c)was the grant or other payment made as a result of an application from the organisation.

(3) If the grant or other payment was made in response to an application from the organisation, in each case: (a) how was that application assessed; and (b)who approved the application.


Senator Herron (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

A full search of ATSIC's financial systems for payments made to employer organisations in the 1997-98 financial year, has disclosed that ATSIC made no payment to any organisation in question.