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Thursday, 5 February 2009
Page: 535


Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, 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 Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   From 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008, under FMA Regulation 10: For DFAT, (a) $318.949 million was approved; (b) (i) $228.085 million was approved at the department level, and (ii) $90.864 million was approved by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation. For AusAID, (a) $1.085 billion was approved; (b) (i) $1.085 billion was approved at the agency level, and (ii) nil. For Austrade, (a) $4.556 million was approved; (b) (i) $4.556 million was approved at the agency level, and (ii) nil. For ACIAR, (a) $34.983 million was approved; (b) (i) $34.983 million was approved at the agency level, and (ii) nil.

(2) (a)   Please refer to the Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2007-08.

(b)   Please refer to DFAT’s and each agency’s Annual Report 2007-08.

(c)   The budget is allocated to priorities on the basis of need and the Government does not try to allocate funding from particular sources to particular programs.