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Wednesday, 19 May 1993
Page: 840

Senator PATTERSON —My question is addressed to the Minister for Family Services. Did her government keep its promise to match dollar for dollar all dollars raised in the Christmas appeals of the major welfare organisations?

Senator CROWLEY —What I can say is that the Government did promise to do that. As I said in this place last week, when I was asked to launch the winter appeal for St Vincent de Paul a couple of weeks ago, I was able to say then that yes, the Government had matched those dollars of the Christmas appeal—that is, dollars raised by the major non-government organisations. I would need to take on notice what that exactly means and find out the detail. The question was whether the dollars were matched. That presumes that the people who were raising those dollars understood which organisations' dollars would be matched. My understanding is that the dollars raised by major organisations such as St Vincent de Paul, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Salvation Army were matched. I am advised that the major non-government organisations raising the money were matched. But if there is further information about this matter, I shall find it and provide it to the honourable senator.

Senator PATTERSON —Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. Does the Minister think that dollars matched is the same as dollars spent? If it is not the same, the Minister is wrong. Are dollars raised the same as dollars spent? The question is: was it dollars raised or dollars spent; and was the promise kept?

The PRESIDENT —The Minister?

Senator CROWLEY —No further answer.

Senator Gareth Evans —Mr President, I ask that further questions be placed on the Notice Paper.