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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1654


Senator Cormann asked the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and Minister representing the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy, 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 Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) —This question was also asked of the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy (question No. 256). The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research will provide a Portfolio response to questions 240 and 256. The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   No federal funding, programs and/or services specifically delivered to Western Australia have been cut and/or discontinued in the Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Portfolio since 4 December 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.