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Wednesday, 22 August 2001
Page: 30086

Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Minister for Aged Care, upon notice, on 26 July 2001:

(1) Further to the answer to question No. 2284 (Hansard, 25 June 2001, page 28540) concerning the withdrawal of funding under the Community Services Settlement Scheme, in considering requests for funding from the Australian Greek Welfare Society and Co., VictoriaAs.It, did she or her office receive requests for such funding from the Prime Minister, his office or any other member of the Government; if so, who made such requests and on what dates were those requests made.

(2) As the Turkish Association of Victoria lost funding under the Government's Community Settlement Services Scheme at the same time as the Australian Greek Welfare Society and Co.As.It, were any requests made at the same time for funding assistance under the Ethnic Aged Care Framework.

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop (Minister for Aged Care) —The answer to the honourable member's question, in accordance with advice provided to me, is as follows:

(1) Discussions took place with the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Hon Philip Ruddock as per our joint Press Release dated 31 August 2000.

(2) No.