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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6040

Senator Mark Bishop asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 23 September 2002:

(1) Does the department prepare: (a) advice letters for the Minister's signature to government members and senators advising them of grants made under all grants programs; and (b) draft media releases on the same subject for use by government members and senators.

(2) Is similar advice prepared for any non-government member or senator.

(3) How many such letters have been prepared in each of the past 3 years.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) (a) and (b) Yes, for grants made under the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) program, Saluting Their Service commemorations program and the Veteran & Community Grants program. However, for grants made under the Grants-in-Aid program no such advice is provided.

(2) No. However, advice letters are prepared for all members and senators who have made representations on behalf of applicants for grants under the BEST program and Saluting Their Service.

(3) The number of letters prepared under part 1(a) above is:

1999/2000 financial year

2000/2001 financial year

2001/2002 financial year