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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Page: 9232


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:37): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: As stated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in its media release of 15 November 2017, the final cost of the postal survey is yet be determined but it is under $100 million. The appropriation allocated to the ABS through the Advance to the Finance Minister Determination (No. 1 of 2017-18) was for the specific purpose of a conduct of the Australian marriage law postal survey. Any surplus funds will be returned to the budget.

The coalition government has made mental health a priority and it is expected that we will be investing over $4.2 billion in 2017-18. Included within this investment is an additional $47 million for suicide prevention and continuing support services.