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Thursday, 16 February 2017
Page: 1151


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (12:09): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave of one minute is granted.

Senator McGRATH: The government recognises the importance volunteering plays in delivering its priorities and values the work of volunteers who give their time without financial gain. There are no funding cuts to the grants program, with $18 million remaining available for community organisations to help build the enabling structures which are vital to well-functioning, cohesive and resilient communities. Volunteering is one of a number of community enablers that will continue to be supported. As well as this, and in recognition of the valuable contribution of Australia's six million volunteers, the government will continue to separately fund the $10 million volunteer grants program annually.

Question agreed to.