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Tuesday, 25 May 1993
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Senator CROWLEY (Minister for Family Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) (9.28 p.m.) —It is certainly something I can put to Minister Brian Howe. I have no idea of what his response would be. But I do not suppose it would be a problem for me to put the honourable senator's question to him.

  I think there is one error or misunderstanding in what the honourable senator has said. It is clear that the Government committed $1 million to this study. It was after that commitment of $1 million that the Institute of Family Studies—in the face of knowing the sum of money it was getting was $1 million and no more—decided still to go ahead with the full program. That was the institute's decision. I believe Dr Edgar made it clear in the Estimates that, even though the institute had been given the amount of $1 million and in spite of it wanting or asking for more for the full study, the institute made the decision to proceed with the full study recognising the amount of money that was cleared by the Cabinet to go to it.

  Finally, I think the points that the honourable senator has raised here, about the challenges confronting the institute in terms of library journals and so on, she also made in the Estimates. It is precisely to assist the institute by addressing some of those matters that the Government has appropriated $749,000.

The CHAIRMAN —Are there any further matters in relation to subprogram 6.5? There being no further matters, that concludes Estimates Committee C. The question is that the report of Estimates Committee C be adopted.