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Tuesday, 22 May 2001
Page: 26809


Mr Laurie Ferguson asked the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 27 March 2001:

(1) Following the introduction of the Optional Rent Assistance (ORA) scheme in May 2000, how many Defence personnel without dependants in each State and Territory are currently receiving ORA to live off base.

(2) What was the cost to the Budget of the ORA scheme in 1999-2000 and what is the projected cost for 2000-2001.


Mr Bruce Scott (Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)

ACT

7

NSW

501

NT

11

QLD

350

SA

53

TAS

2

VIC

77

WA

0

Data as at 16 March 2001

(2) 1999-2000 - $0.199 million

2000-2001 - $3.07 million