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Monday, 9 February 2009
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Mr Hartsuyker asked the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, in writing, on 26 November 2008:

(1)   Will the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) return its 2008-09 budget appropriation for the FuelWatch measure to Budget, following the defeat of the FuelWatch legislation.

(2)   Have estimates of expenditure in the outyears for FuelWatch been removed from the forward estimates following the defeat of the FuelWatch legislation.


Mr Tanner (Minister for Finance and Deregulation) —The answer to the honourable Member’s question is as follows:

(1)   The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) will be returning its unspent 2008-09 budget appropriations for implementing FuelWatch.

(2)   The 2008-09 Mid-Year Economic and Financial Outlook estimates included expenditure on FuelWatch. This estimate of expenditure and the relevant forward estimates will be excluded from the 2009-10 Budget estimates following the defeat of the FuelWatch legislation.