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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6961

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 8 October 2002:

(1) Have all successful applications for assistance through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) been initially assessed by state offices of the department in accordance with the administration procedures for the programme referred to in the programme guidelines; if not, why not.

(2) If some successful applications were not initially assessed by state officers of the department, in accordance with the published programme guidelines: (a) which applications were assessed in this manner; (b) when was each application assessed; (c) how was each application assessed; and (d) why were these applications not assessed in accordance with the programme guidelines.

(3) Were any successful applications referred directly to the department's national office; if so: (a) which applications were referred directly to the national office; (b) when were they referred to the national office; and (c) why were they referred directly to the national office.

(4) Were all of the above successful applications then referred to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; if not: (a) which applications were not referred; and (b) in each case, why were these applications not referred.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Yes.

(2) Not applicable. See question 1 above.

(3) Not applicable. See question 1 above.

(4) No.

(a) Every application.

(b) The DOTARS departmental delegate approves all projects then the Minister is advised of the outcomes.