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Tuesday, 20 September 1983
Page: 1040

Question No. 206

Mr Reeves asked the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 24 May 1983:

What are the total amounts of all expenditures and/or capital works programs undertaken by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in or related to the Northern Territory for each year from 1978-79 to 1982-83 which were not covered by general or specific grants to the Northern Territory.

Mr Hawke —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

My Department does not maintain a branch office in the Northern Territory and any expenditure if incurred in or related to the Northern Territory over the period concerned would fall within one of the following categories:

(a) salaries and associated costs (including limited travel) of officers engaged in dealing from time to time with matters affecting the Northern Territory;

(b) expenditures (primarily salaries, travel and associated costs) by the Office of Ceremonial and Hospitality on Official or Royal Visits which might include the Northern Territory; and

(c) expenditures on visits to the Northern Territory by the Governor-General.

Expenditure in the above categories is not recorded on a State/Territory basis and I am not prepared to authorise the considerable research which would be necessary to produce such figures.

Details of expenditures relating to the Northern Territory were also sought from the Public Service Board, Auditor-General's Office, Commonwealth Ombudsman, Australian Science and Technology Council (ASTEC) and Office of National Assessments (ONA).

They advised as follows:

$ Public Service Board 1978-79 270,308

1979-80 295,633

1980-81 417,784

1981-82 406,707

1982-83 411,670

Auditor-General's Office 1978-79 318,916

1979-80 455,061

1980-81 575,977

1981-82 637,522

1982-83 67,244

Commonwealth Ombudsman 1978-79 Nil

1979-80 20,665

1980-81 21,618

1981-82 26,937

1982-83 30,880

ASTEC 1978-79 to 1982-83 Position is similar to that of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, as indicated above.

ONA 1978-79 to 1982-83 Nil