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Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Page: 1213


Senator Abetz asked the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, upon notice, on 3 December 2008:

(1) (a)   for a period 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008, what funds has the Government committed to spending under Regulation 10 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997(the Act)for each departments and/or that operates under the Act in the Minister’s portfolio; and (b) how much of this commitment was approved: (i) at the department and agency level; and (ii) by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

(2)   How much depreciation funding for each department or agency in the Minister’s portfolio: (a) was available as at 30 June 2008; (b) was spent in the 2007-08 financial year; and (c) was spent in the 2007-08 financial year to directly replace assets for which it was appropriated.


Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   From 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008, spending proposals totalling the following amounts were authorised under Regulation 10 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 for the following applicable agencies:

  • The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy: $187.3m authorised by the Department.
  • The Australian Communications and Media Authority: $2.9m authorised by the agency.

(2)  

(a)   Accurate records relating to depreciation funding are not held since the implementation of accrual accounting and the Machinery of Government changes to the structure of departments.

(b)   The depreciation expense for each agency, as outlined in their 2007-08 Annual Report, is

  • the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy: $4.9m
  • the Australia Broadcasting Corporation: $86.9m
  • the Special Broadcasting Service: $6.4m
  • the Australian Communications and Media Authority: $4.2m

(c)   The budget is allocated to priorities on the basis of need and the Government does not try to allocate funding from particular sources to particular expense items.