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Monday, 23 February 2009
Page: 1567


Mr Hockey asked the Minister for Defence, in writing, on 1 December 2008:

(1)   Which agencies and departments in the Minister’s portfolio will return money to budget in the 2008-09 financial year as a result of underspends in the 2007-08 financial year; and what sum of money will be returned to budget from these programs.

(2)   From 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008, what sum of money has the Government committed to spending under Regulation 10 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 for applicable departments and agencies under the Minister’s portfolio; and how much of this commitment was approved: (a) at the department and agency level; and (b) by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

(3)   What sum of depreciation funding: (a) is available for each department and agency in the Minister’s portfolio as at 30 June 2008; (b) was spent by each department and agency in the Minister’s portfolio in the 2007-08 financial year; and (c) was spent by each department and agency in the Minister’s portfolio in the 2007-08 financial year to directly replace assets for which it was appropriated.


Mr Fitzgibbon (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   At the 2008-09 Additional Estimates, Defence returned a $165.1 million underspend from 2007-08 Australian Defence Force Operations funding, and a $39.6 million underspend in foreign exchange, both of which are consistent with established ‘no-win no-loss’ arrangements.

(2)   and (3) I refer the honourable member to my response to Senate Question on Notice No. 1097, published in Hansard on 3 February 2009, page 143.