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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 179

Senator Johnston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 13 November 2008:

(1)   For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, in the period 1 April to 30 September 2008, what programs or projects were cut, curtailed, postponed, delayed or terminated as part of the Government’s $10 billion ‘redirection of priorities’ program.

(2)   For each program affected by the ‘redirection of priorities’ program, how much has been re-directed to ‘higher priority programs/projects’.

(3)   What ‘higher priority programs/projects’ have benefited from cuts or savings made in ‘lower priority programs’.

(4)   How much funding has been allocated to each of these ‘higher priority projects’.

Senator Faulkner (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) (3)   and (4). Please refer to tables 1.2.9 (page 22-23) and 1.2.12 (page 28) in the Defence Portfolio Budget Statements 2008-09.

(2)   All.