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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 211


Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 3 December 2008:

(1) (a)   For the period 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008, what funds has the Government committed to spend under regulation 10 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (the Act) for each department and/or agency that operates under the Act in the Minister’s portfolio; and (b) how much of this commitment was approved: (i) at the department or agency level, and (ii) by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

(2)   How much depreciation funding for each department or agency in the Minister’s portfolio: (a) was available as at 30 June 2008; (b) was spent in the 2007-08 financial year; and (c) was spent in the 2007-08 financial year to directly replace assets for which it was appropriated.


Senator Faulkner (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)  

(a)   and (b) Defence committed $3,892.8 million, none of which required the approval of the Minister for Finance and Deregulation. The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) committed $2,971.7 million, none of which required the approval of the Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

(2)  

(a)   Defence: $3,611.4 million (Refer to page 107 of the Defence Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2007-08). DMO: $4.7 million (Refer to page 162 of the Defence Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2007-08).

(b)   Defence: $3,654.9 million (Refer to page 245 of Volume 1 of the Defence Annual Report 2007-08). DMO: $5.0 million (Refer to page 120 of Volume 2 of the Defence Annual Report 2007-08).

(c)   Defence’s expenditure to directly replace assets exceeded depreciation funding and an additional amount was provided through an equity injection to fund that expenditure (Refer to page 104 of the Defence Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2008-09). DMO: $4.4 million (Refer to page 123 of Volume 2 of the Defence Annual Report 2007-08).