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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 130

(Question No. 1213)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 8 March 1994:

  (1) Does the department or any of its agencies, produce electoral profiles (or other like documents) outlining relevant programs, services or other forms of assistance provided in individual federal electorates; if so, when were these electoral profiles (or other like documents) first produced and how frequently are they produced.

  (2) Is a copy of these electoral profiles (or other like documents) provided to the Parliamentary Library; if not, why not.

  (3) Please provide a copy of the most up-to-date edition of each of these electoral profiles (or other like documents) for all federal electorates to the Parliamentary Library.


Senator Collins —The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission has provided the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs with the following information in response to the honourable senator's question:

  The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (ATSIC) does not produce electoral profiles or other like documents. Funding reports by electorate detailing support for projects in each area were available for 3 years up to 1988/89 from the former Department of Aboriginal Affairs; however, the previous system which produced such reports is no longer in use. ATSIC's current financial information system does not record information by federal electorate, and such reports are not therefore available.