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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1648


Senator Cormann asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, upon notice, on 13 February 2008:

(1) (a)   Since 24 November 2007, what federal funding, programs and/or services to Western Australia have been cut and/or discontinued in any of the Minister’s portfolio agencies; and (b) what savings have been made from these cuts.

(2) (a)   What plans does the Government have to cut and/or discontinue federal funding, programs and/or services to Western Australia in any of the Minister’s portfolio agencies in the coming period; and (b) what estimated savings would be made from these cuts.


Senator Chris Evans (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   Based on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship 2007-08 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements, no funding, programs or services to Western Australia have been cut since 24 November 2007.

(2)   Updated program estimates will be announced in the 2008-09 Budget. The Government will also undertake a comprehensive review of expenditure. The Government will release the review’s findings in the 2008-09 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.