Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1656


Senator Cormann asked the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, 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) —The Minister for Resources and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) (a)   and (b) Savings of $10.8 million in 2007/08 from the Ethanol Production Subsidy and $5.0 million in 2007/08 from the Ethanol Distribution Program have been announced by the Hon Lindsay Tanner MP on 6 February 2008 in his Media Release “Government details initial round of savings measures to assist inflation fight”. These savings arise from lower than expected take-up in 2007/08. Both these programs are open to participants from Western Australia and are on-going programs with funding in 2008/09.

(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.