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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1653


Senator Cormann asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, 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 Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The 2007-08 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements for the Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Portfolio do not disclose any measures involving cuts or discontinuation of services to Western Australia.

(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.