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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1649


Senator Cormann asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 12 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 Faulkner (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The following answer has been provided by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade to the honourable senator’s question:

DFAT

(1) (a)   To achieve the Government’s 2007-08 election savings commitments for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department implemented a range of savings measures across its offices in Australia and posts overseas including reductions in travel and representation expenditure. Reductions in travel and representation expenditure were applied to the Department’s Western Australia State Office. (b) The savings made from the reductions applied to the Western Australia State Office were $1,850 for travel and $1,232 for representation.

(2) (a)   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.

Austrade

(1)   Since 24 November 2007 Austrade has had no funding cuts that impact on services to Western Australia.

(2) (a)   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.

AusAID

(1) (a)   None (b) not applicable.

(2) (a)   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.

ACIAR

(1)   Nil

(2) (a)   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.

EFIC

(1)   Nil

(2) (a)   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.