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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 169

Senator Bob Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 11 November 2008:

Was funding to the National Pollutant Inventory section of the department reduced in the 2008-09 Budget; if so: (a) by how much; and (b) what programs or activities have been affected.

Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

Funding for the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) Program was not reduced in the 2008-09 Budget. Funding for the NPI operates on a four year cycle and the 2005 Federal budget provided $5.2M to continue the NPI program through until 30 June 2009. The NPI is an ongoing program and will continue to be funded by the Australian Government.

There were additional funds provided to improve the NPI under the Measures for a Better Environment (MBE) Program. Funds occurred over a three-year period commencing 1 July 2005 and lapsing on 30 June 2008, totalling $3,213,200.