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Thursday, 11 May 2000
Page: 16379


Mr McMullan asked the Minister for Finance and Administration, upon notice, on 13 April 2000:

(1) How many requests for act of grace payments under section 33 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act have been considered by his delegate since the Act came into force.

(2) How many requests have (a) been approved and (b) not been approved.

(3) How many of the requests which have not been approved have chosen to provide additional information for him to review the decision, and of these, how many have been approved subsequently.


Mr Fahey (Minister for Finance and Administration) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Delegates have considered 248 requests for act of grace payments under section 33 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997(the FMA Act)since it came into force on 1 January 1998 to the date the honourable Member asked his question on 13 April 2000.

(2) (a) Of the 248 requests received:

. 110 were approved;

. 2 had a proportion of the amount requested approved; and

. 46 requests were referred to other Departments (as the matters came within the parameters of compensatory mechanisms other than the act of grace provisions of the FMA Act).

(b) 90 were not approved.

(3) In 19 cases of claims not approved, claimants sought a review of the initial decision on the basis of additional information or changes in circumstances. There were no subsequent approvals as a result of these reconsiderations.