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Monday, 21 June 1999
Page: 5770


Senator MARK BISHOP (6:05 PM) —I think that is fair comment. I notice that in your press release the allocation of funds, minus the $40 million for Tasmania as an intelligent island, is essentially capital allocation for the purposes identified in the two paragraphs under the heading `BITS'. That suggests to me that once the capital has been allocated the program would conclude unless further allocation of funds were to come from government. You might advise us whether there is any capacity for operational costs to be covered by the grants and whether that is intended to be covered from other sources. If the answer to both of those is no, what life in years do we anticipate the BITS program to have?