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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 199

Senator Bob Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 24 November 2008:

In regard to the answer to question on notice No. 566 (Senate Official Hansard, 24 September 2008, p. 5 575), concerning the Ground-based Regional Augmentation System: (a) what is the figure that has been written off because of the discontinuation of the system; (b) was this figure reported in the department’s 2008-09 annual report; if so, how is it described in the financial statements; if not, why not; and (c) have any of Airservices Australia’s safety programs or activities suffered funding cuts because of this loss.

Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

Airservices Australia has provided the following response:

(a)   & (b) Airservices Australia’s 2007-08 annual report includes this cost as the impairment of non-current assets.

(c)   No.