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Monday, 3 April 2000
Page: 15099


Mr Melham asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 16 February 2000:

(1) What will be the total cost to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) for compliance with the Government's Goods and Services Tax.

(2) What sum has been, or will be, spent in each budget year on GST compliance costs by AIATSIS.

(3) From which programs will the cost of this GST compliance be found.

(4) Will the government be providing extra funding to AIATSIS to cover these GST compliance costs.

(6) Has AIATSIS estimated the cost of GST compliance for Indigenous organisations, whether Commonwealth funded or not; if so, what are the names of these organisations and what are their individual GST compliance costs.

(7) Has AIATSIS estimated the full impact of the GST, including compliance costs, in its areas of responsibility.


Mr Ruddock (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation) —The Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs has provided the following information to the honourable member's question:

(1) $73,500

(2) 2000-2001 $73,500; 2001-2002 $5,000; 2002-2003 $5,000

(3) AIATSIS

(4) No

(5) No

(6) Yes