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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1657


Senator Cormann asked the Minister representing the Minister for Housing and the Minister for the Status of Women, 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 Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Minister for Housing and the Minister for the Status of Women have provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s questions:

There have been no cuts to funding or discontinuance of funding of programs or services in Western Australia since 24 November 2007 by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

As a part of its usual business the department has changed service providers in a number of instances since 24 November 2007, including one organisation providing services in the Kimberley region. The services that were being provided by the Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation at Beagle Bay are now being provided by Essential Services Supplies Pty Ltd. There have been no savings to the department from making this change.

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.