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Monday, 20 August 2001
Page: 29794


Mr Latham asked the Minister for Health and Aged Care, upon notice, on 12 October 2000:

(1) Did the Government, in negotiations with the Australian Democrats, promise to introduce a National Child Nutrition Program to compensate people on low incomes for the impact of the GST.

(2) Have applications been called for under the program; if so, (a) when did applications for the program open and close and (b) what progress has been made in allocating funds and commencing projects.


Dr Wooldridge (Minister for Health and Aged Care) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Government agreed to funding for a National Child Nutrition Program in negotiations with the Australian Democrats.

(2) (a) Applications under the general funding round were called for in regional and national newspapers on 11 March 2000. Applications closed on 17 April 2000.

(b) An announcement of successful applicants was made on 15 November 2000. Contract negotiations commenced immediately with those applicants.