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Thursday, 24 June 2004
Page: 31793


Mr McClelland asked the Minister representing the Minister for Justice and Customs, upon notice, on 11 May 2004:

(1) In respect of the 2003-2004 Budget measure “National Illicit Drugs Strategy - prevention of illicit drug manufacturing strategy”, what sum has been spent during 2003-2004.

(2) In respect of each program that has been funded through this Budget measure, what is its (a) name, (b) purpose, and (c) what sum has been spent on it.


Mr Ruddock (Attorney-General) —The Minister for Justice and Customs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Up to 30 April 2004, a total of $77,337 has been spent under the `prevention of illicit drug manufacturing strategy' for the following programs:

Precursor Working Group and National strategy support: $63,304

Costs for a position to administer programs under the National Strategy and provide secretariat support for the National Working Group to Prevent the Diversion of Precursor Chemicals.

National Working Group to Prevent the Diversion of Precursor Chemicals. $1,103

Support for meetings of the National Working Group.

National Clandestine Laboratory Database System. Scoping and feasibility analysis. $13,929

An analysis of the potential scope and the feasibility of developing a database system that will integrate law enforcement and forensic data on clandestine laboratories from all jurisdictions. A final allocation of $50,000 for the scoping and feasibility report is awaiting payment.