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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8166

Senator Mark Bishop asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 13 September 2002:

During each of the past 5 years: (a) what grants have been made under each of the department's grants programs, by postcode; (b) what was the value of each grant; and (c) what was the purpose of each grant.

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

The information sought in the honourable senator's question is not readily available. To provide a complete response would require considerable time and resources and, in the interest of efficient utilisation of departmental resources, the Minister is not prepared to authorise the expenditure of resources and effort to provide the information requested.

The Minister has advised that she would be prepared to discuss with the honourable senator the preparation of a response to a more focused question that could be more easily accommodated by departmental resources.