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Tuesday, 24 September 2002
Page: 4730

Senator MINCHIN (Minister for Finance and Administration) (3:04 PM) —Senator George Campbell asked me a question today about the Innovation Access Program and the role of representatives of Microsoft and Boeing. I have information regarding the position of Microsoft which I would like to give to the Senate, and I will give further information with regard to Boeing in due course. In January 2002 the Collaborative Health and Informatics Centre was awarded a grant of $8,600 from that program to coordinate a best practice study mission, which included visits to leading North American firms in health informatics. Each of the 11 participants in this mission paid for their own travel expenses. Funding was specifically provided for the travel costs of the coordinator of the group and for reporting costs associated with the mission. As part of the original application and the expressions of interest for this mission, a representative of Microsoft was nominated to be part of the mission. Ultimately the group that travelled did not include a representative of Microsoft. However, the group did this at the Microsoft Centre in the USA and this was considered to have been one of the highlights of the visit.