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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 976

(Question No. 4787)

Mr Porter asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 October 1986:

(1) What negotiations have taken place between the States and the Commonwealth for the sharing of expenses of the National Centre for Liver Transplantation.

(2) What form will the cost sharing arrangements take.

Dr Blewett —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Negotiations on funding the national centre for the period 1985-86 to 1987-88 inclusive were conducted between the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments.

(2) The Commonwealth has contributed $0.7m being half the Unit's establishment and 1985-86 recurrent costs.

The Commonwealth has also given a commitment to contribute to the cost of the Unit for a further two years. Actual amounts will depend upon the Unit's total operating costs and contributions from other States.