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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 118

Question No. 218


Mr Reeves asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 24 May 1983:

What are the total amounts of all expenditures and/or capital works programs undertaken by the Minister's Department in or related to the Northern Territory for each year from 1978-79 to 1982-83 which were not covered by general or specific grants to the Northern Territory.


Mr Scholes —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Expenditures made by the Department of Defence in the Northern Territory and not covered by general or specific grants for the period in question were:

1978-79

1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83

$m

$m $m $m $m 10.933 12.976 17.909 27.634 33.056

These expenditures must necessarily represent estimates since some disbursements may be for services or suppliers domiciled outside the Northern Territory and likewise some material and services utilised in the Northern Territory would be paid for elsewhere. The above figures include expenditures from Appropriations made by the Department of Defence with the exception of:

(a) Expenditures for capital works and repairs and maintenance of buildings ( Appropriation Divisions 245 and 246) controlled by the Department of Housing and Construction and included in the response provided by the Minister for Housing and Construction.

(b) Expenditures for rent and acquisition of land and buildings (Appropriation Divisions 250 and 252) controlled by the Department of Administrative Services and included in the response provided by the Minister for Administrative Services.

(c) Expenditures on furniture and fittings (Appropriation Division 243) for the period 1978-79 to 1980-81. These have been included in the response provided by the Minister for Administrative Services. The Department of Defence assumed control of this Appropriation item in 1981-82 and furniture and fittings expenditure for that year and 1982-83 are included in the above figures.

(d) Expenditures for Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB). These are included in the response provided by the Minister for Finance.