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Tuesday, 28 November 2000
Page: 20025

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, 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 1996-97 financial year.

(2) In each case: (a) what was the purpose of the grant or other payment; (b) what was the actual value or 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 Hill (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The information sought by the honourable senator would require more staff hours than I am prepared to authorise.

Some of the information sought has previously been tabled in Parliament in the departmental Annual Report and the Annual Reports of relevant portfolio agencies.