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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7648

Senator Nettle asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 17 September 2002:

(1) With reference to projects in the mining, minerals and energy sectors (including those projects defined as multisector or crosscutting) funded by AusAID during the calendar years 1998 to 2002, and relating to countries and/or projects in the Asia-Pacific region:

(a) Can the following details be provided for each project: (i) the project name, (ii) the country, (iii) the date, (iv) the partner/beneficiary, (v) the project implementing agency, (vi) the funds allocated (in Australian Dollars), and (vii) the current status; and

(b) can the following details be provided for the aggregate of all projects (in Australian Dollars): (i) total expenditure from all sources, (ii) total funding contributed by AusAID, and (iii) the percentage this funding represents of the total Australian aid budget expenditure for the period.

(Can these details be provided in Excel format, corresponding to data that was formerly published in the Blue Book, which contained project title, brief project description, region, country, DAC sub-sector code and amount spent).

(2) What was the total Australian aid and aid-related expenditure relating to countries and/or projects in the Asia-Pacific region during the calendar years 1998 to 2002.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Trade has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The details requested in the honourable senator's question are not readily available from a single source. To collect and assemble such information solely for the purpose of answering the honourable senator's question would be a major task and I am not prepared to authorise the expenditure of resources and effort that would be involved.