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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4937

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 6 August 2002:

With reference to an application made through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) to fund a steel profiling plant at Moruya, in the Eurobodalla Shire of New South Wales, listed in the DRAP project summaries round 6, 2001-02:

(1) Were the terms of the application, or any variations of that application, such that it required retrospective approval of funds; if so: (a) on what basis was the funding approved or provided retrospectively; and (b) does the funding of a proposal retrospectively breach the guidelines of the DRAP.

(2) (a) Who approved the retrospective funding of the proposal; (b) when was that approval given; (c) when was the Minister, or his office, advised that the project would be funded retrospectively; and (d) when did the Minister, or his office, endorse or note that advice.

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

(1) No.

(2) Not applicable.