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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 240

Social Services: Building Multicultural Communities Program

(Question No. 277)

Ms Rowland asked the Minister for Social Services, in writing, on 27 August 2014:

(1) Did his department consult with any organisations or individuals before cutting funding for the Building Multicultural Communities Program; if so, (a) which organisations or individuals, (b) on what date were they consulted, and (c) what form did the consultation take; if not, why not.

(2) In respect of the letter referred to on 27 February 2014 by the Deputy Secretary of Families and Communities, which stated that applicants had to return the funding agreement with receipts, (a) can he provide a copy, (b) how many days did applicants have to provide this documentation, and (c) on what date(s) was this letter sent to all applicants.

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

(1) (a) to (c) No. The whole of government review of grant spending was led by the Department of Finance.

(2) (a) See attached Letter of Offer for Stream 1 grants. Available from the House of Representatives Table Office

(b) As above in (2) (a).

(c) Letters were date stamped 5 August 2013 and posted between 20 August 2013 and 27 August 2013.