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Tuesday, 4 May 1993
Page: 77

(Question No. 2548)

Senator Short asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, upon notice, on 28 January 1993:

  (1) What funding, grant or other form of payment, has the department and its agencies approved to trade unions since 1 July 1992, in each case, please provide details of: (a) the name of the trade union; (b) the purpose of the funding; and (c) under what program the funding was made.

  (2) Are there any proposals for further funding to trade unions; if so, please provide details on the amount, recipient and purpose of the funding.

  (3) Could these details be provided by 8 February 1993.

Senator Robert Ray —The Minister for Employment, Education and Training has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  Senator Short asked a similar question concerning funding to trade unions during the Budget Sittings of Parliament last year. In responding to that question I drew attention to the immense time and resources involved in researching and consolidating the response.

  As I foreshadowed at the time, I do not consider such extensive replies are an appropriate diversion of resources otherwise available to developing and providing services to the public. I am not prepared to authorise the use of these resources to provide the information he has requested on this occasion.