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Wednesday, 16 October 2002
Page: 5289

Senator VANSTONE (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) (3:01 PM) — Earlier today Senator O'Brien asked me a question in relation to Centrelink and some payments. I can advise some detail of that answer now, if that is satisfactory. My office has received a call from Minister Truss's office assuring me that Mr Truss has never made any remarks critical of Centrelink. In fact—rightly so, it appears—he is terribly complimentary about the role that Centrelink has played. I am very pleased to hear that news. I have also had an answer from Minister Ian Macdonald giving some of the detail that you wanted. As at 16 October, a total of 108 application forms had been issued, including those issued to the 50 customers who had already contacted Centrelink—presumably by phone.

Honourable senators interjecting

Senator VANSTONE —I have had a look at the answer, and I do not think it indicates either way in relation to that. The question really should have been directed to the minister responsible for this program, who would have more answers.