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Monday, 9 August 1999
Page: 7088


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 9 June 1999:

(a) What programs and/or grants administered by the Minister's department provide assistance to people living in the federal electorate of Bass.

(b) What was the level of funding provided through these programs and grants for the 1997-98, and 1998-99 financial years.

(c) What level of funding provided through these programs and grants has been appropriated for the 1999-2000 financial year.


Senator Hill (Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Trade has provided the following answers to the honourable senator's questions:

(a) Austrade administers the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme which in the years nominated provided grants to organisations in the Bass federal electorate.

(b)

Electorate of Bass

Number of claimants

Amount claimed $

Payment made $

1997-98

4

93,138

92,068

1998-99

5

106,416

* Payment has not been finalised for Financial Year 1998-99

(c) EMDG has an annual budget of $150 million, however there is no budget target for each electorate. We expect grants in 1999-2000 to be similar to previous years.